SEER Diagnostics aims to revolutionize population health and wellness by connecting family medical history. SEER would gather an entire family’s Electronic Health Records through health information exchanges and analyze for clinically evidenced hereditary diseases in order to deliver a personalized health risk assessment.
Traditional methods of gathering family medical history are through patient-reported paper forms in the waiting room before a scheduled clinician visit. Even with rapidly advancing technologies in genomics and genetic testing, family medical history is still the simplest and most powerful predictor of an individual’s risk for disease, yet it is significantly underutilized in practice. Its underutilization is attributable to the accuracy and consistency of self-reported family medical history ranging from 30-90%, depending on the degree of family relatedness and the reported disease. By connecting electronic health records, SEER provides clinically useful information and enables a new standard in personalized wellness.
SEER’s resulting health risk assessment is implemented in primary care annual check-ups where it is used for wellness planning, specialist referral, and to guide additional testing.
>7,000+ Genetic disorders that can be passed down through the generations
>5.5% Of the population will express a genetic condition by age 25
>66% Of people do not know if they or someone in their family has a genetic disorder
Health Information Exchanges are a tremendous advancement allowing family EHR data to be collected over wide geographies. SEER Diagnostics would begin with a pilot at one regional exchange for access to their records, and also ask direct questions to family members where there are information gaps. This approach minimizes self-reporting errors and delivers a clinically useful health risk assessment.
Immediate benefits would include:
> Shift clinician’s time from data-collection to interpreting results and decision-making
> A systematic approach to increase quality of care through early disease detection
> Increase the quantity and quality of referrals from primary care
> Improve patient engagement
ONE EXAMPLE CONDITION: Approximately 1 in 200 to 1 in 500 people are affected by Familial Hypercholesterolemia, a genetic condition that predisposes an individual to early cardiovascular disease. Shockingly, only 1-5% of those affected are diagnosed. One reason for the lack of diagnosis is a complete lack of existing family medical history in practice. When identified beginning at age 10, appropriate treatment including diet, exercise, and satins would delay an affected individual’s cholesterol levels from reaching cardiovascular heart disease range by 17 years.
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