Preparing for genomic medicine: a real world demonstration of health system change
AuthorGaff, CL; Winship, IM; Forrest, SM; Hansen, DP; Clark, J; Waring, PM; South, M; Sinclair, AH
Source Titlenpj Genomic Medicine
PublisherSPRINGER NATURE, CO-PUBL CTR EXCELLENCE GENOMIC MED RES
University of Melbourne Author/sSinclair, Andrew; Gaff, Clara; Winship, Ingrid; South, Michael; Waring, Paul
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsGaff, C. L., Winship, I. M., Forrest, S. M., Hansen, D. P., Clark, J., Waring, P. M., South, M. & Sinclair, A. H. (2017). Preparing for genomic medicine: a real world demonstration of health system change. NPJ GENOMIC MEDICINE, 2 (1), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41525-017-0017-4.
Access StatusOpen Access
Organisations and governments seeking to implement genomics into clinical practice face numerous challenges across multiple, diverse aspects of the health care system. It is not sufficient to tackle any one aspect in isolation: to create a system that supports genomic medicine, they must be addressed simultaneously. The growing body of global knowledge can guide decision-making, but each jurisdiction or organisation needs a model for genomic (or personalised) medicine that is tailored to its unique context, its priorities and the funds available. Poor decisions could greatly reduce the benefits that could potentially arise from genomic medicine. Demonstration projects enable models to be tested, providing valuable evidence and experience for subsequent implementation. Here, we present the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance demonstration project as an exemplar of a collaborative, holistic approach to phased implementation of genomics across multiple autonomous institutions. The approach and lessons learned may assist others in determining how best to integrate genomics into their healthcare system.
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