API and Sunquest will present another webinar lecture in its current series entitled "EHR and IT Issues in Genomic-Driven Healthcare" on Thursday, December 11, at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST. The lecture will be delivered by Justin Starren, MD, PhD. He is an Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Medical Social Sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Director of the Northwestern University Biomedical Informatics Center. IT support for genomics/proteomics is one of the most pressing issues today in pathology informatics and Dr. Starren is not only one of the country's experts on the topic but an outstanding lecturer.
While the need for genomic decision support has been universally recognized and discussed in numerous publications, the number of actual implementations has been few. Many commercial EHR vendors have stated publicly that they do not have near-term plans to store genomic data within the EHR itself although they anticipate exposing genomic computerized decision support within their workflows. Several papers have explicitly commented on the need for Ancillary Genomic Systems (AGS) to mediate between the large volumes of genomic data that is anticipated and the limited data capacity of most EHR systems. The Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) network is a multi-institutional network exploring the challenges of implementing GCDs in real-world situations. This presentation will discuss the progress of eMERGE to date and explore the broader challenges of implementing widespread genomic decision support and will emphasize the following:
- How genomic data differs from conventional EHR data.
- The architecture and function of an Ancillary Genomic System.
- Workflow challenges in Genomic Decision Support.
Please register for the webinar here. Only your name, email address, and job title are required. Don't miss this opportunity to better understand lab IT support for our genomics endeavors.