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New HHS HRSA Grant Will Fund Development of an Electronic Genetic and Family History Record for Doctors' Offices
Date:7/14/2009

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new electronic tool that will put family medical history at doctors' fingertips - alerting them to a patient's increased risk for birth defects or pregnancy complications - will be developed through a three-year cooperative agreement with a $1.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Genetic Services Branch.

The National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG) will lead the project and will work with the March of Dimes, the Genetic Alliance, and the Newton Wellesley Hospital of Partners Healthcare to adapt or create a new tool doctors can use to gather a woman's consistent family history information and analyze it immediately to improve patient care.

"Taking a patient's family health history is an important way for doctors and other health care providers to evaluate the risk of common conditions such as heart disease or premature birth," said Joseph McInerney, executive director of NCHPEG. "With this grant, we can improve how prenatal providers gather and use family health history to improve the health of their patients."

"This project allows us to use state-of-the-art technology and apply a sophisticated understanding of genomics and family history to give more Americans a healthy start in life," said Alan R. Fleischman, MD, senior vice president and medical director of the March of Dimes. "We hope doctors will use this new family health history tool to identify women at risk for having preterm labor or an infant with a birth defect. It will give women the information they need to improve their h
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