Telemedicine/
Telehealth

The use of technology in a healthcare setting can allow a patient, without local access to geneticist, to receive a genetics assessment and it can allow a primary care provider to contact a genetics provider to become better equipped to provide care to an individual with a complex genetic disorder. NCC will work with the seven RGNs, NGEFC, HRSA, and national partners (such as the American Telemedicine Association) to support training of genetics and non-genetics provider in telemedicine tools and work to develop health outcome measures that demonstrate the utility of telemedicine services.

Telegenetics Workgroup Information

NERGN

Peter Antal, PhD
Leah Burke, MD

NYMAC

Katharine Bisordi
Kathy Chou
Carol Greene, MD
Alissa Terry, MS, CGC
Beth Vogel, MS, CGC

SERN

Hans Andersson, MD
Yetsa Osara, MPH
Theresa Pringle, MPH
Ami Rosen

Midwest

Jane Pilditch

Heartland

Lori Williamson Dean, MS, CGC, LGC (Co-Chair)
Brad Schaefer, MD

MSRGN

Dale Alverson, MD
Kathryn Hassell, MD
Celia Kaye, MD, PhD
Annette Lara, MBA
Janet Thomas, MD

WSRGN

Lila Aiyar, MS, CGC
Sylvia Mann, MS, CGC (Co-Chair)
Michelle Takemoto, MS, CGC

National Genetics Education and Family Suppoort Center

James O’Leary, MBA

NCC

David Flannery, MD
Alisha Keehn, MPA
Megan Lyon, MPH
Deborah Maiese, MPA
Sanjyot Sangodkar, MEM
Michael Watson, PhD, MS

*Updated 07/2-18

Impediments and Solutions to Telegenetics Practice: Meeting Report


Abstract

Medical genetics is a prime example of a specialty to which many patients have insufficient access. Telemedicine has the potential to deliver health care to individuals and families in medically underserved areas to connect patients and providers across geographic distances. On November 5th and 6th, 2009, a working group, convened by the American College of Medical Genetics & Genomics (ACMG) and the National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetic and Newborn Screening Service Collaboratives (NCC), met to discuss the challenges facing wider adoption of telemedicine for the provision of clinical genetics services. Broadly called telegenetics, this evolving mode of medical service delivery can be used for the assessment, diagnosis, management, treatment, education, and counseling of patients and families dealing with a wide array of genetics issues. This paper summarizes the working group meeting and the resulting recommendations including adoption of multistate licensing, national credentialing, appropriate financing and reimbursement, and continued investment in technological development to increase usability and national infrastructure.

Authorship

Nirav N. Shah, MD, JD1, Lynn D. Fleisher, PhD, JD1, Hans H. Andersson, MD2, Becky B. Butler, MSSW, LCSW3, Barry H. Thompson, MD4, Judith Benkendorf , MS, CGC4, Alisha Keehn, MPA4, David Flannery MD5, Dale C. Alverson, MD6, Sylvia Au MS,CGC7, Lisa Robin8, James Puente8, Joey Ridenour, RN, MN9, and Michael S. Watson, MS, PhD4
1Sidley Austin, LLP, Chicago, Illinois; 2Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana; 3University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas; 4American College of Medical Genetics, Bethesda, Maryland; 5Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia; 6University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, New Mexico; 7Hawai’i Department of Health, Honolulu, Hawai’i; 8Federation of State Medical Boards, Washington, DC; 9 Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators, Chicago, IL

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