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#1Kornelia D. Galior (UW: University of Wisconsin-Madison)
#2Nikola A. Baumann (Mayo Clinic)H-Index: 10
Companies that offer direct-to-consumer (DTC) testing on specimens such as saliva, blood, or urine, allow consumers to order laboratory tests without the involvement of a health care provider. This approach allows individuals to have direct access to their own laboratory results, interpret them, and make decisions regarding their health care. However, as with conventional clinical laboratory testing, there are factors that will impact the accuracy of DTC test results and limitations that consume...
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With the ever-increasing market share of direct-to-consumer (DTC) testing, projected to surpass $350 million this year, health care professionals must address the health literacy gap that exists between what the clinician knows and what the general public understands about clinical laboratory testing. Health literacy is lowest among people with lower socioeconomic status and results in poorer outcomes. However, these individuals represent those that would benefit most from valuable DTC testing. ...
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Debate exists between the consumer and the health care provider when it comes to the value of direct-to-consumer (DTC) testing. At the heart of the issue is the observation that consumers are identifying value in DTC testing as evidenced by an expanding market, and health care providers are skeptical of their value from an analytical and clinical utility perspective. The aim of this article is to briefly review the subject of DTC testing with a specific focus on value from the perspective of the...
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Please verify edtis, "This article provides a brief introduction to some of the challenges associated with DTC testing, including: the concerns for overall limited healthcare value and unsubstantiated excessive monitoring of health and wellness markers, risks for reduced test quality from DTC testing companies claiming regulatory exemption, the impact of communication breakdown with a qualified healthcare professional leading to unnecessary worry and inappropriate self-management, and the downst...
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#1Nicole V. Tolan (Brigham and Women's Hospital)
#1Nicole V. TolanH-Index: 8
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Direct-to-consumer genetic testing came on the scene 2 decades ago as a means for allowing consumers to access their genetic information without the involvement of a physician or genetic counselor. Results are delivered directly to the consumer, often leading to misinterpretation and needless medical interventions or false reassurance. Increasingly, we are seeing these patients in our genetics clinics for test interpretation, management guidance and confirmatory genetic testing.
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#1Daniel T. Holmes (UBC: University of British Columbia)H-Index: 18
This review discusses considerations related to laboratory diagnostic testing purchased directly by consumers without the care and oversight of a medical doctor. There are necessary tensions between the patient, physician, laboratory medical professional (physician or scientist), laboratory as a corporate entity (where applicable), and manufacturers of diagnostic equipment. When the physician, in particular, the primary care physician, is removed from this relationship, there is a significant op...
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The future of connected health care will involve the collection of patient data or enhancement of clinician workflows through various biosensors and displays found on wearable electronic devices, many of which are marketed directly to consumers. The adoption of wearables in health care is being driven by efforts to reduce health care costs, improve care quality, and increase clinician efficiency. Wearables have significant potential to achieve these goals but are currently limited by lack of wid...
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#1Emily L. Gill (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
#2Stephen R. Master (UPenn: University of Pennsylvania)H-Index: 26
The recent increase in accessible medical and clinical laboratory "Big Data" has led to a corresponding increase in the use of machine-learning tools to develop integrative diagnostic models incorporating both existing and new test data. The rise of direct-to-consumer (DTC) testing paradigms raises the possibility of predictive models that use these new sources. This article discusses several distinct challenges raised by the DTC approach, including issues of centralized data collection, ascerta...
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