Allscripts Vice President of Government Affairs Leigh Burchell and I represented Allscripts and 2bPrecise on January 6 at a select executive roundtable of the healthcare industry’s top leaders, invited by Vice President Joe Biden. We discussed improving patient access to their information, both broadly and within the context of cancer care Vice President Biden raised some great questions and shared his thoughts about increasing the ability of patients to access and share their clinical information, improving access to data and using genomic information of populations to find trends for optimized treatment. In response to the sometimes passionate conversation during the meeting, we followed up afterwards with recommendations for Vice President Biden and the Cancer Moonshot team: 1. Require information sharing with patients. Some provider organizations see great risk in sharing comprehensive information with their patients, concerned about how uninterpreted results can […]

As the industry recognizes the potential of genomic information to revolutionize healthcare delivery, experts describe the many challenges and opportunities related to precision medicine. A recent Health Data Management article, WEDI: EHR support for genomic medicine lacking, reviews highlights of a white paper from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) Genomics Workgroup. Because our team has years of experience in embedding clinical knowledge in the clinical workflow, and since we are working toward making precision medicine possible at the point of care through our genomic platform 2bPrecise, I wanted to share a few thoughts and reactions here: 1) EHRs don’t lend enough support to genomic medicine Authors of the white paper contend, “Although improvements to electronic health records (EHRs) have been made, much work remains to optimize their ability to support genomically informed care, and in turn, for genomic […]