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8:00AM 11/13/2014 – 10th Annual Personalized Medicine Conference at the Harvard Medical School, Boston

REAL TIME Coverage of this Conference by Dr. Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN – Director and Founder of LEADERS in PHARMACEUTICAL BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE, Boston http://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com

8:00 A.M. Welcome from Gary Gottlieb, M.D.

Opening Remarks:

Partners HealthCare is the largest healthcare organization in Massachusetts and whose founding members are Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Gottlieb has long been a supporter of personalized medicine and he will provide his vision on the role of genetics and genomics in healthcare across the many hospitals that are part of Partners HealthCare.

Opening Remarks and Introduction

Scott Weiss, M.D., M.S. @PartnersNews
Scientific Director, Partners HealthCare Personalized Medicine;
Associate Director, Channing Laboratory/
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School 
@harvardmed

Welcome

Engine of innovations

  • lower cost – Accountable care
  • robust IT infrastructure on the Unified Medical Records
  • Lab Molecular Medicine and Biobanks
  • 1. Lab Molecular medicine
  • 2. Biobank
  • 3. Translations Genomics: RNA Sequencing
  • 4. Medical Records integration of coded diagnosis linked to Genomics

BIOBANKS – Samples and contact patients, return actionable procedures

LIFE STYLE SURVEY – supplements the medical record

GENOTYPING and SEQUENCING – less $50 per sequence available to researcher / investigators

RECRUITMENT – subject to biobank, own Consents – e-mail patient – consent online consenting — collects 16,000 patients per month – very successful Online Consent

LAB Molecular Medicine – CLIA — genomics test and clinical care – EGFR identified as a bio-marker to cancer in 3 month a test was available. Best curated medical exon databases Emory Genetics Lab (EMVClass) and CHOP (BioCreative and MitoMAP and MitoMASTER). Labs are renowned in pharmacogenomics and interpretability.

IT – GeneInsight – IT goal Clinicians empowered by a workflow geneticist assign cases, data entered into knowledge base, case history, GENEINSIGHT Lab — geneticists enter info in a codified way will trigger a report for the Geneticist – adding specific knowledge standardized report enters Medical Record. Available in many Clinics of Partners members.

Example: Management of Patient genetic profiles – Relationships built between the lab and the Clinician

Variety of Tools are in development

GenInsight Team –>> Pathology –>> Sunquest Relationship

The Future

Genetic testing –>> other info (Pathology, Exams, Life Style Survey, Meds, Imaging) — Integrated Medical Record

Clinic of the Future-– >> Diagnostics – Genomics data and Variants integrated at the Clinician desk

Gary Gottlieb, M.D. @PartnersNews
President and CEO, Partners HealthCare

Translational Science
Partners 6,000 MDs, MGH – 200 years as Teaching Hospital of HMS, BWH – magnets in HealthCare

2001  – Center for Genomics was started at Partners, 2008 Genomics and Other Omis, Population Health, PM – Innovations at Partners.

Please Click on Link  Video on 20 years of PartnersHealthcare

Video of Dr. Gottlieb at ECRI conference 2012

Why is personalized medicine  important to Partners?

From Healthcare system to the Specific Human Conditions

  • Lab translate results to therapy
  • Biobank +50,000 specimens links to Medical Records of patients – relevant to Clinician, Genomics to Clinical Applications

Questions from the Podium

  • test results are not yet available online for patients
  • clinicians and liability – delays from Lab to decide a variant needs to be reclassified – alert is triggered. Lab needs time to accumulated knowledge before reporting a change in state.
  • Training Clinicians in above type of IT infrastructure: Labs around the Nations deal with VARIANT RECLASSIFICATION- physician education is a must, Clinicians have access to REFERENCE links.
  • All clinicians accessing this IT infrastructure — are trained. Most are not yet trained
  • Coordination within Countries and Across Nations — Platforms are Group specific – PARTNERS vs the US IT Infrastructure — Genomics access to EMR — from 20% to 70% Nationwide during the Years of the Obama Adm.
  • Shakeout in SW linking Genetic Labs to reach Gold Standard

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Tufts Health Plan to Cover Sequenom’s MaterniT21, Pathwork’s Tissue of Origin Tests

Reporter: Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN

http://www.genomeweb.com/mdx/tufts-health-plan-cover-sequenoms-maternit21-pathworks-tissue-origin-tests

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Tufts Health Plan will begin covering Sequenom’s MaterniT21 Plus trisomy 21 test and Pathwork Diagnostics‘ Tissue of Origin test starting Oct. 1.

In an update to providers posted on its website, the health plan said that it may authorize coverage of the MaterniT21 test for patients who are plan members if they are at least 35 years old when they give birth; have a fetal aneuploidy screening test result including maternal serum screening and/or ultrasound evaluation that indicates the possibility of trisomy 21; or the plan member has a family history or prior pregnancy involving aneuploidy.

In a research note Oppenheimer analyst David Ferreiro said that Tufts Health Plan has approximately 1 million lives under coverage and a network of 90 hospitals and 25,000 healthcare providers.

“We view this decision as an incremental positive for [Sequenom] and as validation of the value proposition MaterniT21 presents to payors,” he said. “The adoption rate is encouraging and could positively impact payor decisions, further entrenching,” the company.

Two weeks ago, Sequenom said that in the second quarter revenues from its Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine diagnostic services rose five-fold to $8.1 million driven by the MaterniT21 Plus test, which was launched in the fall. The test also detects for T18 and T13.

As adoption of the test continues to ramp at an increasing rate, the San Diego-based company increased its internal goal of billed MaterniT21 Plus tests for 2012 to 50,000 from an earlier goal of 40,000.

The company has stopped announcing coverage decisions by individual plans following an incident in the spring in which Coventry Health Care National Networkterminated a coverage decision for MaterniT21 Plus one week after Sequenom said that Coventy would cover the test. Sequenom said at the time that Coventry’s decision was without cause and was not a judgment on the company, Sequenom CMM, or its products.

In a statement today to GenomeWeb Daily News, a Sequenom spokesperson declined to disclose the terms of the contract with Tufts Health Plan. She said that Sequenom CMM has more than 26 million live under contract, and “we operate as an out-of-network laboratory where we are not yet contracted and bill payors accordingly.”

Tufts Health Plan also said that it will begin coverage of Pathwork Diagnostics’ Pathwork Tissue of Origin test, beginning on Oct. 1. The test is for the identification of challenging tumors, including poorly differentiated, undifferentiated, and metastatic cancers.

The plan said it may authorize coverage of the test if it is ordered by an oncologist and the plan member is diagnosed with metastatic cancer; the clinical evaluation has not identified the primary site of the cancer; the pathology report is submitted to Tufts Health Plan for review; and the pathology examination is unable to conclusively identify the primary site, or has identified two or more possible primary sites.

Use of the test to confirm a diagnosis will not be covered by the health plan.

 

 

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