An Innovative Partnership with Healthcare Providers
Have you received a ThinkGenetic notification in your EHR or heard a colleague mention that they have? As a responsible healthcare provider, you may have questions about ThinkGenetic and its process of finding individuals in need of a diagnosis.
Who is ThinkGenetic?
ThinkGenetic, Inc. is an award-winning digital health company specializing in finding individuals at risk of rare and genetic conditions. Leveraging validated algorithms and extensive expertise in rare diseases, ThinkGenetic offers digital solutions to detect patients who may have an undiagnosed rare condition for evaluation, treatment, and clinical trials. ThinkGenetic ensures compliance with important PHI (Protected Health Information) regulations.
At the highest level, ThinkGenetic’s mission is to reduce the time it takes to diagnose rare and genetic diseases, especially those with life-changing therapies or clinical trials. A key element to achieving our mission is to support healthcare providers and respect the important patient-physician relationship.
Inspired by a personal experience living with a genetic disease, co-founders Dave Jacob and Len Barker uncovered an opportunity to help the genetic disease community. Collaborating with Dawn Laney, a well-respected genetic counselor at Emory University, the three embarked on a venture to develop ThinkGenetic. The company is dedicated to leveraging cutting-edge technology with clinical expertise to address the needs of individuals and families affected by genetic and rare diseases.
The Rare Patient Identification Challenge
On average, it takes 4.8 years for a rare disease patient to receive an accurate diagnosis. Getting there involves an average of 8 physicians and 2 to 3 misdiagnoses. We understand that with over 10,000+ rare diseases, it’s unrealistic to expect you as a healthcare provider to recognize every cluster of symptoms that could point to a rare disease. The sheer number alone makes it challenging for patients to receive an accurate diagnosis.
What is FindEHR?
Think of FindEHR as an early warning screening system based on clusters of targeted criteria within the EHR that are curated by a genetic specialist before alerting your system. Our notifications are designed to help open a dialogue between you and your patient. Most importantly, additional steps are based on your clinical judgment, and you are under no obligation to pursue any further workup.
What Makes ThinkGenetic a Credible Resource?
While ThinkGenetic started with a patient advocate and a board-certified genetic counselor, the team has grown to include contributors, collaborators, and advisors from all across the medical community. Genetic counselors, medical geneticists, pharmacists, physicians, and patient advocacy groups are part of our process. Our solutions are tested, referenced, and peer-reviewed for accuracy and relevance. We continue to test our tools for sensitivity and specificity through disease-specific studies as well as formalized efficacy studies.
How Does ThinkGenetic Protect Patient Information?
Data privacy and the protection of patients is one of ThinkGenetic’s top priorities. All regulations relating to protected health information (PHI) are strictly adhered to including, but not limited, to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDRP) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Any data transfers from data partners are de-identified using SHA-2 family hash functions or similar encryption. ThinkGenetic does not have visibility to any patient data or PHI that would compromise privacy regulations.
Does ThinkGenetic Interact with Patients?
While we do employ, contract with, or are advised by medical professionals, ThinkGenetic does not provide medical advice or genetic counseling. ThinkGenetic is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. We see firsthand that people can wait a long time to receive a genetic diagnosis. While nothing ever replaces the importance of the patient-physician relationship, we believe individuals also have the power within themselves to shorten their diagnostic odyssey.
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