UCLA to pilot inclusion of genomic data in EHR

The University of California Los Angeles' health system will pilot a system that introduces genomic data into its EHR platform.

The system will be provided by Seattle-based ActX, which already works with Allscripts and Greenway Health. UCLA's Epic system will begin pilot testing with 50 patients' data and plans to expand after initial results return. UCLA Health, which operates four hospitals, plans to begin implementing the system over the next few weeks, according to MedCityNews.

ActX plans to implement the decision support within UCLA's EHR, which will inform the provider of a patient's genetic disease predisposition and whether a medication or clinical decision affects that. If there may be an adverse reaction, a physician will receive an alert when he or she writes a prescription, according to the report.

The implementation falls in line with the national $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative, which President Barack Obama has launched in attempt to individualize medical treatments. The genomic data initiative is a first step toward complying with that initiative, according to the report.

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