Technical Assistance is available to the RCs in the areas of telemedicine, legal issues, and the assessment of state and federal legislation that may affect the delivery of genetic and newborn screening services.
Impediments and Solutions to Telegenetics Practice: Meeting Report
Medical genetics is a prime example of a specialty to which many patients have insufficient access. Telemedicine has the potential to deliver health care to individuals and families in medically underserved areas to connect patients and providers across geographic distances. On November 5th and 6th, 2009, a working group, convened by the American College of Medical Genetics & Genomics (ACMG) and the National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetic and Newborn Screening Service Collaboratives (NCC), met to discuss the challenges facing wider adoption of telemedicine for the provision of clinical genetics services. Broadly called telegenetics, this evolving mode of medical service delivery can be used for the assessment, diagnosis, management, treatment, education, and counseling of patients and families dealing with a wide array of genetics issues. This paper summarizes the working group meeting and the resulting recommendations including adoption of multistate licensing, national credentialing, appropriate financing and reimbursement, and continued investment in technological development to increase usability and national infrastructure.
Workshop Summary (Released November 20, 2012)