How and Why to Launch a Precision Medicine Program

Thursday, April 20 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT
South Building, Level 4 | S406 A

Until recently, only the largest, best-funded research and teaching institutions had access to the technology and capital necessary to develop precision medicine programs — and even they only applied it to a small subset of specialties. In this session you’ll hear from the CIO and CMIO at Frederick Health, an independent mid-sized healthcare network that has launched an advanced precision medicine program that places it among the very first organizations to enable any physician to order, result, and display discrete patient genetic information, along with interpretation and guidance, within the patient record, at the point of care. The program even includes pharmacogenomic decision support to help providers to select the right medication at the right dose the first time, based on their patient’s unique genetic profile. You’ll learn about use cases for genomics that span specialties and hear directly from the physician developing their latest application of genomics for personalized medicine: Nutrigenomics for nutrition and weight management. Attendees will leave with tangible takeaways for: beginning to plan for the development of their own precision medicine programs, how to make programs both profitable for the organization and impactful to patients, and how to win over physicians already burdened by data overload.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine real-world use cases that demonstrate how genomics can be used by general practitioners and a wide range of specialties to prevent patient harm and more rapidly pinpoint effective therapies
  • Break down the genomics workflow at Frederick Health, from ordering genetic tests, to resulting, to importing and displaying key findings with clinical guidance
  • Evaluate training requirements for helping clinicians understand and use patient genetic information
  • Discuss important issues around genetic data governance, including protocols for storage, use, access, and sharing of patient genetic information
  • Outline next steps for all organizations to begin planning for the use of genomics across all specialties
CIO/CTO/CTIO/Senior IT, Clinical Informaticist, CMIO/CMO


Jackie Rice, BSN, RN
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Frederick Health
Kristin Conley, MD
Chief Medical Information Officer
Frederick Health