Continued Evolution of the Genomic Health Record
At PhenoTips, we’re committed to continually enhancing our Genomic Health Record to meet the evolving needs of genomic researchers and healthcare professionals. In this past year alone we launched over a dozen expansions to our software’s capabilities. These included expanding the capabilities of our patient record, improving database searchability, enhancements to our Cancer Risk Assessment tool and family record, and the release of two new specialty-specific Pre-visit Patient Questionnaires.
Patient Record Expansions
Our patient records, linked to family records,
provide an overview of each patient’s genomic health information. In 2023 we expanded our patient records to include an address field, the ability to capture detailed ethnicity information, and a brand new metabolic findings section. In addition, the patient record now contains a built-in system for tracking patient visits, where clinical notes, tagged by date and author, are stored within a patient’s record for each appointment they attend.
A new “tag” functionality was also added to patient records, giving users a pre-defined list of attributes - determined by the institution's needs - to select from. This expansion has a variety of potential benefits, including flagging levels of consent, indicating a patient’s follow-up status, and grouping patients by category.
Database Searchability Improvement
PhenoTips’ Genomic Health Record is, at its core, a database management system of patient records linked to family records, making it a powerful asset when searching for patients or families based on structured, machine-readable features such as diagnosis or phenotype. In 2023 we improved the Genomic Health Record’s searchability, now allowing users to search and filter patients by copy number variant fields.
Cancer Risk Assessment Tool Enhancement
Our Cancer Risk Assessment tool
is built into pedigrees, enabling users to streamline risk assessment into one click by automatically populating multiple risk models with information already available in the pedigree chart. To improve user experience and further this streamlining, we have added additional colour-coding to the success and failure messages.
Family Record and Pedigree Upgrade
Unlike an Electronic Health Record, our Genomic Health Record understands the concept of a family, therefore each patient’s pedigree is contained within a family record that is linked to each family member’s patient record. This year we have upgraded both our pedigree maker and our family record. Pedigrees can now be exported in CanRisk formats, in addition to the existing export options that include PDF, PED, and Phenopackets formats. Family records are now enhanced to include attachments, such as PDF and image files.
Speciality-Specific Pre-Visit Patient Questionnaires
PhenoTips’ Pre-Visit Patient Questionnaire
is a digital patient-intake survey that works with our complete Genomic Health Record to automatically generate a pedigree chart, as well as create and populate a patient record, based on patient-entered information. You may have already heard of the addition to our Pre-Visit Patient Questionnaire that captures information specific to Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions
, but what you may have missed was another exciting addition that captures cancer-specific personal and family health information.