Electronic health records (EHR) must have the capacity to adapt to ongoing genetic and technologic advancements. The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) supports standards to integrate appropriate family health history (FHH) information into the EHR and strongly encourages
Doctors and genetic counselors are critical to aiding parents by providing resources, referrals, and balanced information. It is important to determine where your doctor is in the evolution of these tests. If your doctor does not have a genetic counselor to refer you to, you can go to the
Doctors may refer you to a genetic counselor to discuss options or you can ask for one. If your doctor does not have one to recommend, you can go to the National Society of Genetic Counselors website (www.nsgc.org) and type in your zip code. The job of the genetic counselors and doctors is to
“The biggest change over the last five years I’d say is just the technology has exploded. We are no longer testing for one single gene at a time. We can actually test for 20-40 genes with one single test, and we can even test the entire person’s genome.” – Rebecca Nagy, president of the
Women who are at risk should talk to their doctors and a genetic counselor. Matloff said women can find a counselor near them at www.nsgc.org, the website of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.