LOS ANGELES, CA | NOVEMBER 17, 2016 – Sequencing.com, an online platform where people can securely store their genetic data and find apps that make genetic data understandable and useful, and Concierge Medicine Today (CMT), the premier publication in Concierge Medicine, have announced a partnership to help put Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) technology into the hands of Concierge physicians.
Through this partnership, Concierge Medicine Physicians now have access to Whole Genome Sequencing services designed specifically for the practicing healthcare provider. The process is both non-invasive and simple: a saliva-collection kit is used to collect a saliva sample, which is then sent to a state-of-the-art laboratory that is a member of Sequencing.com’s Preferred Provider Network of genetic testing providers.
The laboratory isolates the person’s DNA from the saliva and sequences the person’s whole genome at 30X coverage. The massive amount of data generated by the lab is then securely transferred to Sequencing.com and made available to each physician. From there, the physician can use apps available at Sequencing.com to generate straightforward, actionable reports. The offer includes lifetime storage of the genetic data and two reports focused on wellness & longevity.
Concierge Medicine Today and Sequencing.com predict the widespread use of genome sequencing by [Concierge] physicians in daily clinical patient care. Previously available only in academic medical centers, this advanced healthcare technology provides the ability to predict and prevent disease. Due to decreasing costs and better understanding about how to make genetic data actionable, this advanced technology is moving out of academia and is now fully accessible to Concierge physicians.
“The genetic revolution has already begun, and it is having far-reaching effects on healthcare right now,” said Brandon Colby, MD, a medical doctor, author of Outsmart Your Genes and Sequencing.com’s Founder and CEO. “Our knowledge of how to use this information is increasing at an exponential rate. What this means is that we can now start to integrate genetics into our everyday lives. With comprehensive genetic testing, we launch an innovative strategy against disease, attacking it before it even manifests. Whole Genome Sequencing, therefore, provides a new counter-offensive in our war against Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, and many other diseases that have plagued our civilization for centuries. This is the most exciting, and potentially groundbreaking, medical development of this century.”
“DNA data with the continuous interaction and direction of a [Concierge] physician ushers in a healthcare utopia. In this way, it simplifies decision making using insights obtained from each person’s genetic data” said Michael Tetreault, Editor of Concierge Medicine Today.
“Genetic technology has reached the point where the cost of conducting comprehensive genetic testing [ie. Whole Genome Sequencing] for hundreds of preventable diseases at a single time is now affordable,” said Catherine Sykes, CEO, and Publisher of the national trade publication. “After years of thoughtful consideration, careful research and review, countless hours of dialogue with various physicians and technology companies, we encourage Concierge Medicine Physicians to make personal genomic data information available to patients so that they can start to understand their makeup, learn more about their individual genome and predictors and begin to use these insights to improve their lives.”
“Anything that moves us toward the realization of better outcomes using data and evidence-based medicine gets a green light by Concierge Medicine Today,” says Sykes. “Whole Genome Sequencing provides the data needed for Concierge physicians to be able to integrate personalized precision medicine into their practice.”
To learn more about Whole Genome Sequencing, visit: www.GeneticConciergeMedicine.com
Sequencing.com’s first-of-its-kind HIPAA-compliant platform allows people to obtain meaning and value from their genes. The platform includes an App Market with dozens of apps that empower individuals, researchers, bioinformaticians and healthcare professionals to tap into genetic data for deep and rich insights. It is a one-stop-shop that collates and organizes available genetic-based apps into a single online marketplace.
Sequencing.com’s platform is fully compatible with all genetic data formats and technologies, including Whole Genome Sequencing, exome sequencing, microarrays, and genealogy-focused DNA tests. Data generated by almost any genetic data can be stored and made useful at Sequencing.com including genetic tests offered by Illumina, BGI, Thermo Fisher, GeneDx, Ambry Genetics, Helix, National Geographic, Ancestry.com and 23andMe.
Concierge Medicine Today (CMT) is a news organization and the Concierge Medicine industry’s oldest national trade publication for the Concierge Medicine and Membership Medicine marketplaces. Its website is the online destination for businesses, consumers, physicians, legislators, researchers and other stakeholders to learn about the history of this industry, various business aspects of the marketplace, trends, breaking news and more that drives the conversation that Concierge Medicine and free market healthcare delivery is creating on a national and international level.
Concierge Medicine Today recently released their Position Statement on Whole Genome Sequencing.
For more information, visit: www.GeneticConciergeMedicine.com.