The integration of patient-specific genomic information into the electronic medical record (EMR) will create many opportunities to improve patient care. Key to the successful incorporation of genomic information into the EMR will be the development of laboratory information systems capable of appropriately formatting molecular diagnostic and cytogenetic findings in the EMR. Due to the lack of granular genomics-related content in existing medical vocabularies, the adoption of new standards for describing clinically significant genomic information will be an important step toward recognizing the genome-enabled EMR. Appropriate capture of patient-specific genomic results in the EMR will generate new opportunities to utilize this information in clinical decision support, including automated response to pharmacogenomic-based risks.
Journal of biomedical informatics
Computational Biology; Database Management Systems; Databases; Genetic; Decision Support Systems; Clinical; Genetic Predisposition to Disease; Genetic Testing; Genomics; Humans; Information Storage and Retrieval; Medical Records Systems; Computerized; Systems Integration; User-Computer Interface
Electronic medical record; Electronic health records; Genome; Genes
Hoffman, M. The genome-enabled electronic medical record. Journal of biomedical informatics 40, 44-46 (2007).