Geisinger has launched a National Precision Health Initiative to expand the health system's use of genomics and data science into precision health care, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Washington, D.C., Texas, and West Virginia.
- Washington, D.C.: Pennsylvania-based Geisinger has launched the Washington, D.C.-based National Precision Health Initiative to expand the health system's use of genomics and data science into precision health care. Among other ventures, the initiative aims to advance Geisinger's MyCode Community Health Initiative, which codes and stores DNA, and integrate EHR data. Huntington Willard, the initiative's first director, will also launch a Precision Health Innovation Lab to foster innovation through the program (Spitzer, Becker's Health IT & CIO Review, 11/14).
- Texas: Park Plaza Hospital has appointed Peyton Elliott as CEO. Elliott, who will begin his new role on Dec. 26, previously served as VP of operations and finance at Houston Methodist West Hospital. Elliot has also worked in the corporate office of Houston Methodist Hospital System, as well as Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/14).
- West Virginia: The Beckley-Raleigh County Health Department in West Virginia is considering implementing a needle exchange program amid a surge of hepatitis B, C, and HIV cases. However, Candace Hurd, the health department's acting director, said the proposed needle exchange and other harm reduction efforts, such as opioid substitution therapies, will not serve as a cure by themselves (AP/Sacramento Bee, 11/15).
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