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El Camino Hospital Launches Genomic Medicine Institute
Date:3/26/2009

of genetic information to better understand how an individual's physiology interacts with the environment," said Cesar Molina, M.D., medical director of the South Asian Heart Center and a cardiologist at El Camino Hospital. "This information helps doctors intervene and even prevent disease, or better manage it and prescribe the treatments that will work best for the patient."

GMI has selected an initial subset of nine tests that impact cardiology, gastroenterology, obstetrics and gynecology, oncology and psychiatry that are considered to be the most proven and valuable for at-risk patients. Physicians are starting to weigh the benefits of new and emerging technology for their patients and DNA Direct will provide tools to help them through this process, including a physician portal, educational Web seminars, pre- and post-test questionnaires, medical literature and clinical guideline reviews, and physician-referred counseling.

"Together, DNA Direct and El Camino Hospital are working to meet emerging demand for genetic information," said Ryan Phelan, founder and CEO of DNA Direct. "With more than 1,700 genetic tests currently available, genomic medicine has already begun to change the delivery of healthcare. DNA Direct will help El Camino Hospital physicians enhance patient care through streamlined, cost-effective access to guidance and decision support services that help identify the most appropriate testing option, ensuring that the right patient gets the right test at the right time, and that results are interpreted in the correct clinical context."

Sharon Terry, president of the Genetic Alliance, a nonprofit health advocacy organization, said, "This partnership marks a truly innovative approach to incorporating genomic medicine into the delivery of health care. El Camino Hospital is making important inroads into providing high-quality care with personalized treatment. By partnering with DNA Direct to offer clinic
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