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The Evolution of Primary Care: Where Does Genomic Screening Fit In?

Primary care was first introduced to the healthcare ecosystem in the early 1960s, and even in its early days, the term had many different definitions and could be applied to many categories of healthcare including the care provided by certain types of clinicians such as nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, a set of activities or services  … Read more


Year in review

Helix’s 2022 Highlights

As we close the book on 2022, the Helix team was busier than ever in pursuit of our mission to empower every person to improve their life through DNA. Some key highlights: New health system partners: We were excited to share the news of three new health system partnerships this year. In March, we announced  … Read more


Population Health

An Interview with Anthony Aquilina, DO, MBA, EVP & Chief Physician Executive, WellSpan Health

As the Chief Physician Executive of WellSpan Health, Dr. Anthony Aquilina sees meaningful benefits of getting genetic insights into the hands of the providers. WellSpan Health and Helix recently announced a new partnership to create a comprehensive population-scale genetic screening program for Pennsylvanians. We sat down to chat with Dr. Aquilina about the value he  … Read more


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How to Achieve Health Equity on a Population Scale

Genomics is a powerful tool for improving health outcomes in both individuals and the population as a whole. Population-level genomic studies are essential to lay the groundwork for effective genomic screening of individuals, but genomic data from many underserved communities is lacking. Developing effective outreach to these communities can be difficult as standard approaches for  … Read more


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Groundbreaking Insights on Actionable Genetic Associations from ASHG

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) fall meeting presents an opportunity for research leaders from around the globe to share the latest in innovative scientific content. In case you were unable to attend, we’ve summarized the groundbreaking insights on actionable genetic associations that Helix presented, in partnership with Renown Health and the Healthy Nevada  … Read more


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The Role of Consensus in Building an Effective Health Equity Response

All it takes is a few scrolls through LinkedIn and Twitter, and it’s clear that health disparities and the need for greater health equity are being talked about by more and more organizations across the healthcare industry. There is consensus that health equity is important and that health systems will need to actively and sustainably  … Read more


Genetic Counseling

Innovation in practice: using genomic testing in routine care to boost population health

Genomic testing has been used for years on a case-by-case basis in clinical care, but is now increasingly seen as an important contributor to advancing population health. In September, Feby Abraham, PhD, Chief Strategy Officer of Houston-based Memorial Hermann Health System, and James Lu, MD, PhD, co-founder and CEO of Helix, came together to discuss  … Read more


Population Genomics

Implementing Genomics in a Sustainable, Scalable and Profitable Way

Many health system leaders feel that clinician access to a patient’s heritable risks for actionable health conditions is an important step towards being able to eventually provide comprehensive precision medicine.  And yet most organizations that utilize genomics today are still only doing so with a fraction of their population and through very specific service lines  … Read more


Quadruple Aim

Meeting the Quadruple Aim: The Business Value of Implementing Pharmacogenomics

The Quadruple Aim—enhancing patient experience, increasing provider satisfaction, improving population health, and reducing costs of care—serves as a guide for optimal health system performance1. Implementing a genomics program that includes access to pharmacogenomics is critical for health systems to be able to accomplish it.   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently lists over 300  … Read more


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Power Window Method Improves the Ability to Evaluate Clinical Impact by 2.4x

In the past, it’s been difficult to determine with consistency whether or not a new or rare mutation in a gene actually causes a disease and has clinical impact, even if it is well known that the gene and the disease have a clear relationship. Some prior methods have tried to find clinically impactful regions  … Read more


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