March 22, 2018

Around the nation: Intermountain Healthcare to create global DNA registry

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    Intermountain Healthcare announced on March 1 that it will team up with genetic testing companies such as AncestryDNA, MyHeritage, and 23andMe to create a global registry of genetic test results and medical history data, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Indiana, New Hampshire, and Utah.

    • Indiana: DeKalb Health has named Tasha Eicher as CEO, making her the first female CEO in DeKalb's history. Eicher has served as DeKalb's interim CEO since Jan. 1, succeeding Craig Polkow, who resigned on Dec. 31. Eicher previously served as the hospital's VP of physician services, strategy, and development (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/20).

    • New Hampshire: New Hampshire has received $333,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help the state respond to the opioid epidemic. The money will support programs such as safe stations in Manchester and Nashua that provide clinical evaluation, interim care, and substance misuse screening (AP/Sacramento Bee, 3/20).

    • Utah: Intermountain Healthcare announced on March 1 that it will team up with genetic testing companies such as AncestryDNA, MyHeritage, and 23andMe to create a global registry of genetic test results and medical history data. According to Stacey Knight, a cardiovascular and genetic epidemiologist at Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, the project's goal is to "creat[e] a resource for future studies," adding that "a person's DNA is made up of more than three billion individual pairs of genetic codes, but finding specific genes that contribute to health problems isn't easy" (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 3/2; Cohen, Becker's Health IT & CIO Report, 3/19; Intermountain Healthcare release, 3/1; Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 3/20).

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