Telegenetics

125 providers were trained in telegenetics from June 2020 to May 2021.

The seven RGNs support patients and healthcare providers to access genetics services via telehealth, also known as telegenetics. Support includes training of providers, and technical assistance and training to genetics clinics. By offering this support, the RGNs help improve access for patients who are unable to go to a genetics appointment in person.

We use zip code data to determine if an individual or provider comes from an underserved area as defined by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). To learn more about our data collection and evaluation program, please click here.

Below are select data from the RGNs related to their telegenetics activities.

Our Previous Year (June 2020-May 2021)

Telegenetics Training

Each RGN supports the training of healthcare providers and administrators to help provide them with the tools and information needed to offer quality genetics services via telehealth. Additionally, some of the RGNs provide technical assistance (TA) to providers to help set up their telegenetics practice. TA provides wide-ranging support on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, helping with billing and reimbursement to assisting in understanding the logistics of setting up a telegenetics clinic.

In Year 4 (June 2020- May 2021), the system reached 125 providers. To learn more about WSRGN training programs (implemented by three of the RGNs), click here.

Trends from June 2017- May 2021

Telegenetics Training

The trainings have been implemented across the system for the last four years, which prepared many providers for changes in how healthcare was delivered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find more information about HRGN telegenetics training program (used by three RGNs) here.

Telegenetics Trainings

70% of genetics healthcare providers trained came from underserved areas.

Our Previous Year (June 2020-May 2021)

Clinics Supported

In addition to training healthcare providers and administrators, the RGNs also provide support to clinics to help them offer telegenetics to their patients. Support can include providing funding or equipment to a site or offering technical assistance or quality improvement support to a clinic.

In Year 4 (June 2020-May 2021), the RGNs supported sites both on the patient side (originating site) and on the provider side (distant site). Through the RGNs support, 113 sites were supported.

Trends from June 2017- May 2021

Clinics Supported

As displayed below, the RGNs have worked to increase the number of clinics supported to offer telegenetics to patients. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Year 3 saw an increase in clinic sites that did not need the support of the RGNs as the pandemic progressed.

Telegenetics Clinic Supported

76% of clinics supported were from an underserved area.

Our Previous Year (June 2020-May 2021)

Patients Seen via Telegenetics

In Year 4 (June 2020-May 2021), the RGNs assisted patients in seeing providers via telehealth through the clinic support previously mentioned.

Trends from June 2017- May 2021

Patients Seen Via Telegenetics

As displayed below, the RGNs have worked to increase patients seen via telegenetics over the last four years. Due to changes in programmatic aims, Years 1-3 count patients supported through either the RGNs training/technical assistance programs or clinic support. In Year 4, patients are counted as receiving support if the RGN supported the clinic to provide telegenetics to the patient.

42% of telegenetics patients were identified as coming from an underserved area.