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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

ealth and that of their babies."

Patients in doctors' offices will fill out a standardized family history questionnaire using a computerized tablet, instead of paper and pen. The information will be analyzed electronically, and the tool will provide red flags and recommendations for health care providers based on current professional guidelines. Providers may be prompted to ask more questions or to send a woman to a genetic specialist.

The tool also will encourage health care providers to update and use family history data throughout the lifespan of any female patient. The long-term goal is for the family history information to be combined with the patient's other medical information into an electronic health record (EHR). The proposed health history tool will focus on existing prenatal and women's health topics, including newborn screening, and will be compatible with the U.S. Surgeon General's family history tool, the "My Family Health Portrait" Web-enabled program.

The partners say their goal is to help women have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies by educating providers and the public about the importance of family health history. They plan to disseminate the tool to increase access to the latest genetically based health care as part of good preconception and prenatal care.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.

NCHPEG promotes health professional education and information about advances in human genetics to improve health care by, integrating gen
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