Opportunities to implement a sustainable genomic medicine program: lessons learned from the IGNITE Network.

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PURPOSE: While there is growing scientific evidence for and significant advances in the use of genomic technologies in medicine, there is a significant lag in the clinical adoption and sustainability of genomic medicine. Here we describe the findings from the National Human Genome Research Institute's (NHGRI) Implementing GeNomics In pracTicE (IGNITE) Network in identifying key constructs, opportunities, and challenges associated with driving sustainability of genomic medicine in clinical practice. METHODS: Network members and affiliates were surveyed to identify key drivers associated with implementing and sustaining a genomic medicine program. Tallied results were used to develop and weigh key constructs/drivers required to support sustainability of genomic medicine programs. RESULTS: The top three driver-stakeholder dyads were (1) genomic training for providers, (2) genomic clinical decision support (CDS) tools embedded in the electronic health record (EHR), and (3) third party reimbursement for genomic testing. CONCLUSION: Priorities may differ depending on healthcare systems when comparing the current state of key drivers versus projected needs for supporting genomic medicine sustainability. Thus we provide gap-filling guidance based on IGNITE members' experiences. Although results are limited to findings from the IGNITE network, their implementation, scientific, and clinical experience may be used as a road map by others considering implementing genomic medicine programs.

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Cited Authors

  • Levy, KD; Blake, K; Fletcher-Hoppe, C; Franciosi, J; Goto, D; Hicks, JK; Holmes, AM; Kanuri, SH; Madden, EB; Musty, MD; Orlando, L; Pratt, VM; Ramos, M; Wu, R; Ginsburg, GS

Published Date

  • March 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 743 - 747

PubMed ID

  • 29997387

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6330142

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1530-0366

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41436-018-0080-y


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States