Role of Clinical Decision Support Tools for Insurers

In an emerging market, health informatics companies are designing new and specific clinical decision support tools (CDS) with cost saving measures in mind. Many developers market their service as an upfront cost to long-term major savings. As defined by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, health informatics is the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption, and application of IT-based … Read More

National Quality Forum Report on Health IT Challenges

In March, The National Quality Forum (NQF) issued a 96-page report which identified several areas of improvement necessary to patient safety and health IT (HIT) along with multiple recommendations. The report, “Identification and Prioritization of Health IT Patient Safety Measures,” set out to provide top-level guidance to the measurement of health IT programs and safety. “The implementation and use of … Read More

CYP2C19 and Clopidogrel Therapy for Stroke Patients

Key Takeaway: The use of clopidogrel plus aspirin compared with aspirin alone reduced the risk of a new stroke only in patients with normal CYP2C19 activity. This supports the findings that CYP2C19 genotype has a role in the efficacy of this treatment. Each year, approximately 795,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke and antiplatelet therapy plays a critical … Read More

This Month in Pharmacogenetics

Pharmacogenomics and Precision Medicine is trending like never before, with the strides that are being made in this field.  While you can go and search out the news yourself, we want to make it easy for you.   You can start by following social media platforms: YouScript Facebook, YouScript Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and our partner sites Genelex Facebook and Genelex Twitter. … Read More

Updated Phenotype Terminology

YouScript and Genelex Labs have updated their phenotype names to be consistent with the standardized terms for clinical pharmacogenetic test results proposed by the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) in the July 2016 issue of Genetics in Medicine. Like CPIC, we believe that implementing standardized terminology is an important step toward the widespread adoption of clinical pharmacogenetics. These standard terms … Read More