Empowering genomic medicine by establishing critical sequencing result data flows: The eMERGE example

Samuel Aronson*, Lawrence Babb, Darren Ames, Richard A. Gibbs, Eric Venner, John J. Connelly, Keith Marsolo, Chunhua Weng, Marc S. Williams, Andrea L. Hartzler, Wayne H. Liang, James D. Ralston, Emily Beth Devine, Shawn Murphy, Christopher G. Chute, Pedro J. Caraballo, Iftikhar J. Kullo, Robert R. Freimuth, Luke V. Rasmussen, Firas H. WehbeJosh F. Peterson, Jamie R. Robinson, Ken Wiley, Casey Overby Taylor

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    The eMERGE Network is establishing methods for electronic transmittal of patient genetic test results from laboratories to healthcare providers across organizational boundaries. We surveyed the capabilities and needs of different network participants, established a common transfer format, and implemented transfer mechanisms based on this format. The interfaces we created are examples of the connectivity that must be instantiated before electronic genetic and genomic clinical decision support can be effectively built at the point of care. This work serves as a case example for both standards bodies and other organizations working to build the infrastructure required to provide better electronic clinical decision support for clinicians.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1375-1381
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association
    Issue number10
    StatePublished - Oct 1 2018

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health Informatics

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