Genomics is Here: How to Build a Precision Medicine Program
Presenter: Jackie Rice, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Organization: Frederick Health
The role a patient’s unique genetic profile plays in their health has been a rapidly developing area of medicine since the human genome was fully mapped in 2001 — and the pace is only accelerating. Precision gene editing technology like CRISPR, a growing array of consumer genetic tests, and the rapid development of mRNA-based vaccines for COVID are just a few of the signs that we are on the brink of a revolution in medicine. But most physicians (and most healthcare organizations) still think they are years away from using genetic information in their own practices.
This session will demonstrate how one mid-sized healthcare organization developed an advanced genomic medicine program that is fundamentally and positively changing the practice of medicine for physicians of all specialties, and establishing truly personalized, precision medicine today. Through technology and workflow innovation, Frederick Health is extending the use of genomics beyond the specialties that have typically used it (oncology, immunology, neurology, maternal and fetal medicine, etc.) to include every specialty and area of medicine, including primary care and internal medicine. Attendees will learn how any physician at Frederick can order genetic tests just like any other lab test, receive and store genetic results in their patient’s chart (as discrete data, not auxiliary text-based reports), have results displayed in meaningful and actionable ways, perform pharmacogenomic drug-gene checking automatically, and receive the interpretation and guidance they need to steer their patients toward the most effective treatment options.
This is a remarkable achievement and it’s a sign that the era of genomic medicine is truly here. The personal patient genome can now be stored as discrete data within the patient record, which means it’s essential for all organizations to begin developing their strategies for incorporating genomics into their own clinical workflows, including how they will store, use, access, and share patient genetic data. With the right tools, training, support and guidance, physicians will embrace this new era of medicine and will provide their patients with safer, more effective care. Organizations that do it well will be leaders. Those that don’t will fall behind, losing patients who are becoming increasingly interested in how their genetics affects their health. This session will provide clear guidance and actionable takeaways to attendees from an organization that is doing it.
Jackie Rice, BSN, RN is the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Frederick Health. She provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment for Frederick Health. The primary responsibilities of her office encompass a wide variety of strategic technology initiatives:
Governance and policy including cybersecurity
Information technology protocols
Frederick Health technology needs and support
Population health technology initiatives
Frederick Health is the only hospital in Frederick County, Maryland. It has 269 licensed beds, employs a staff of nearly 4,000, and offers services in 24 locations through a network of primary care and specialty providers. Jackie’s team provides support for and delivery of IT infrastructure and services, information security systems, administrative systems, and client support services.
Jackie serves as President of the Maryland HIMSS Chapter. Prior to joining Frederick Health, she served in multiple healthcare roles, starting with a nursing background of 20 years which led her to a career path in Information Services. She follows the mission of Frederick Health to positively impact the well-being of every individual in our community.