Wednesday, December 27, 2006
VA to Incorporate Genetic Info in EHRs
According to Government Health IT magazine, the Veterans Affairs Department has begun to collect from consenting patients genetic information that it will link to the patient's electronic health record. "VA officials expect that the large-scale project will reveal links between certain diseases and the genetic makeup of the individuals who are prone to them. It also could increase scientists’ understanding of the effects of genetics and the environment on people’s health."