Genetic Origins Lend the Clues to Personalized Precision Care
Advancements in technology have given us the ability to learn more about our ancestry and hereditary genetics — all from the comfort of our home. At home ancestry and genetic testing is becoming more and more popular. Willingness to incorporate routine genetic testing into standard primary care is becoming commonplace. By using the data, we can improve the delivery of care in the following ways:
Moving to “health care” instead of “sick care”:
In this day and age, many of our interactions with doctors and physicians are more about “sick care” rather than “health care”. The intermittent medical encounters are missing critical and timely information about an individual’s overall medication regimen, pre-existing conditions, allergies, and genetic predispositions. In many cases, the doctor is forced to respond to ailments with prescriptions that could be harmful based on the patient’s genetic makeup, or react unfavorably or not at all with other medications. An all-encompassing “preventative” health care approach will prepare and document the basic patient information so direct medication choices will be safe and avoid drug reactions or non-reactions, all based on the individual’s genetics. The individual’s genes are identified by ta Pharmacogenomic test (PGx). The PGx tests help the physician understand the patient’s biological code and how different medications may react favorable or unfavorably. The patient completes the PGx test with a simple mouth swab. The biological material collected are tested in a laboratory. These results help unlock the physicians’ ability to provide penetrative care long before the patients enter a stage of chronic illness. In turn, the genetic “blueprint” also ensures doctors have the viral information when acute sick care visits occur. This information prevents patients from costly and adverse reactions to medication based on their genes.
Earlier detection for a proactive response:
Preventative measures through genetic testing can enable health care providers to find and address illnesses before they become larger or either lethal issues. The popularity of direct-to-consumer genetic testing gives creditability to the PGx testing and precision medicine many health care providers have already incorporated into their health plans. Two-thirds of doctors surveyed by Cardinal Health in 2018 said they were already using DNA screening as part of routine clinical care and another 25% want to include screenings for patient decisions within the following year. Essentially, a PGx test can pave the way for a better quality of life through a personalized approach to health care. The direct-to-consumer market for DNA testing — an estimated $310 million industry — grows substantially each year; this is a green light for genetically driven precision medicine and its adoption into routine clinical care. Our ancestors’ genetic makeup holds clues not only to our origins but more importantly our risk for disease and the ability to make better, more cost-effective decisions about prevention, treatment, and healthy living.
What does this mean for you?
Understanding your genetic responses to medications can directly impact your personal and family’s healthcare plan.
Vita Medical Solutions is proud to partner with laboratories to facilitate access to advanced PGx genetic testing.
Learn more about personal and family Pharmacogenetics (PGx) markers with a simple mouth swab. With qualifying insurance, this test can cost you nothing out of pocket. Click here to schedule a call with one of Vita Medical’s Patient Service Consultants.
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