OSF HealthCare integrates genomics software with Epic EHR

Peoria, Ill.-based OSF HealthCare added CancerIQ's genetic screening software to its Epic EHR as part of its population health initiative to better identify and treat cancer.

OSF's innovation team partnered with CancerIQ in 2015 and implemented the software platform in specialty clinics, including oncology, breast imaging and women's health. The software, now integrated with Epic, will be deployed at primary care practices systemwide.

"We need to meet and engage these patients in the primary care setting, so we can identify genetic predispositions as early as possible and navigate patients to the right preventive services," said Naresh Agarwal, MD, regional director of primary care at OSF HealthCare.

The initiative currently aims to identify women with a genetic predisposition to hereditary breast cancer. To date, OSF has screened almost 70,000 patients using CancerIQ's software. The software analyzes family history, runs predictive risk models and automates national cancer network clinical practice guidelines in oncology.

By integrating with Epic, providers can now identify, evaluate and manage patients over time all within the EHR workflow.

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