Telehealth – Telegenetics

Enhancing the professional practice of cancer genetics when meeting with a patient is not possible.  Meeting through two-way video conferencing directly providing patients and physicians with time sensitive and cost-effective care in the field of cancer genetics.  This affords you the same quality of genetic evaluation and reduces the need for your patients to travel long distances to meet with a genetics expert. 

Same day and point of contact appointments are available thus reducing wait time for medical/surgical management and expediting cancer care.  Comprehensive cancer genetic services available to individuals and families when access to a genetics expert is limited or travel/distance prohibit a face-to-face visit.

Benefits of Genetic Evaluation:

Genetic evaluation is an educational opportunity for you to have your medical and family history reviewed to determine if testing would be advantageous. The appointment provides opportunity for discussion, questions, and answers on various topics. Genetic testing has potential benefits whether the results are positive or negative. Test results can provide a sense of relief from uncertainty and help people make informed decisions about managing their health care. For example, a negative result can eliminate the need for unnecessary checkups and screening tests in some cases. A positive result can direct a person toward available prevention, monitoring, and treatment options while at the same time identifying other family members that may benefit from seeing a genetics expert.

Genetic testing for cancer susceptibility is an essential component of cancer care.  Telegenetics provides practices with high levels of patient satisfaction due to convenience, reduced travel time and associated cost, and reduced waiting time for the genetics encounter – thus expediting results for medical/surgical management.

What is needed from the point of contact site:

  1. Secure video conferencing connection (computer/ipad)
  2. Private setting

Virtual/Real-time visits provide: 

  • Reduced wait times to next appointment
  • Reduced transportation constraints
  • Reduced privacy concerns
  • Reduced stress for follow-up visits