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NIH Grant Program Aims to Integrate Genomic Data into EHRs

health infosecThe National Institutes of Health has unveiled a multimillion grant program to help researchers determine how genomic information could be part of electronic health records.

NIH said Tuesday it chose 12 research teams to develop methods to personalize care based on patient DNA sequence data through the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics integration program.

“The newly funded projects are focused on discovering genes and gene variants with clinical implications by using the latest sequencing technologies to examine rare and common variants suspected to relate to disease risk and treatment effects,” said Rongling Li, eMERGE program director at NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute.

Researchers will also assess the economic and psychological impacts of the use of genomic information on patients and their families, NIH noted.

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