ER VISITS, HOSPITALIZATIONS DECLINE IN ELDERLY PATIENTS EVALUATED BY DNA TESTING AND PREDICTIVE MEDICATION ANALYTICS SYSTEM

New University of Utah research reveals the potential of medication informatics and DNA drug-sensitivity testing to reduce overall healthcare resource use and costs in elderly patients treated with multiple medications

Seattle, WA YouScript predictive medication analytics, a clinical decision support tool used by doctors to guide genetic testing and improve drug treatments, has been shown to cut ER visits by almost three-quarters and reduce hospitalizations by more than one-third in elderly patients taking multiple medications.

The clinical validity and utility of combinatorial pharmacogenomics: Enhancing patient outcomes

Abstract

Prescribing safe and effective medications is a challenge in psychiatry. While clinical use of pharmacogenomic testing for individual genes has provided some clinical benefit, it has largely failed to show clinical utility. However, pharmacogenomic testing that integrates relevant genetic variation from multiple loci for each medication has shown clinical validity, utility and cost savings in multiple clinical trials. While some challenges remain, the evidence for the clinical utility of “combinatorial pharmacogenomics” is mounting. Expanding education of pharmacogenomic testing is vital to implementation efforts in psychiatric treatment settings with the overall goal of improving medication selection decisions.