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Intermountain Precision Genomics to Develop Hereditary Cancer Gene Panels

The emerging healthcare model which is dominated by a small number of very large health systems will be characterized, in part, by in-house, sophisticated genomic and molecular lab testing by these systems. This is because these large health systems will have the capital to invest in their own"laboratories of excellence" within their system. Such is the case withIntermountain Healthcare which has its own in-house genomics laboratory called Intermountain Precision Genomics. Intermountain Health is one of the giant health systems with 37,000 employees, 22 hospitals, and more than 185 clinics. Here is the mission statement for this laboratory copied from its web site:At Intermountain Precision Genomics in-house laboratory, experts analyze the DNA and genetic makeup of a cancer patient's tumor, enabling detection of the individual genes with errors in a person's cancer to determine treatment options. The testing is proprietary to Intermountain Healthcare, but access to it is available to oncologists anywhere. The testing serves patients with late-stage cancer who have failed in a traditional treatment method.Intermountain Precision Genomics has just announced a plan to develophereditary cancer gene panels (see: Intermountain Precision Genomics to develop hereditary cancer gene panels). Below is an excerpt from the article describing this new test offering:Intermountain Precision Genomics announced...it will develop hereditary cancer gene panels. I...
Source: Lab Soft News - Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Clinical Lab Industry News Clinical Lab Testing Genomic Testing Healthcare Business Healthcare Innovations Lab Industry Trends Lab Processes and Procedures Medical Consumerism Pathology Informatics Reference Laboratories Test Kits and Source Type: blogs

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Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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Source: The Journal of Pathology - Category: Pathology Authors: Tags: Invited Commentary Source Type: research
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Source: AJN - Category: Nursing Tags: Journal Watch Source Type: research
Oncology Nurses' Knowledge, Confidence, and Practice in Addressing Caregiver Strain and Burden
. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2018 Mar 01;45(2):187-196 Authors: Irwin MM, Dudley W, Northouse L, Berry DL, Mallory GA Abstract OBJECTIVES: To describe nurses' practices, confidence, and knowledge of evidence-based interventions for cancer caregiver strain and burden and to identify factors that contribute to these aspects. 
. SAMPLE & SETTING: 2,055 Oncology Nursing Society members completed an emailed survey.
. METHODS & VARIABLES: Pooled analysis of survey results. Variables included the bas...
Source: Ann Oncol - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research
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Source: Scandinavian Journal of Urology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Scand J Urol Source Type: research
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