Adapting to Virtual Care in Genetic Counseling

In the first installment of PhenoTips Speaker Series, telegenetics pioneer and thought leader Elizabeth Turner draws on personal experience to offer guidance to genetic counselors who are adapting to virtual care during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Nearly 85% of genetic counselors are quickly adapting to virtual care while working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. To support genetic counselors in transition, PhenoTips hosted thought leader and expert in the field of tele-genetics, Elizabeth Turner, to share her experiences in, and best practices for virtual genetic counseling.

Elizabeth Turner is an ABGC certified genetic counselor who has practiced in the areas of oncology, pediatrics, reproductive health and general genetics. Believing that genetic counseling should be accessible for all, she founded Advanced Tele-Genetic Counseling (ATGC), one of the first tele-genetics companies to enter the industry. As a tele-genetics pioneer and the CEO and co-founder of ATGC, Elizabeth has been featured in articles, television episodes, and in speaking engagements, including speaking at the 2019 Southeast Regional Genetics Network conference.

In this conversation hosted by founder, producer, and host of DNA Today Kira Dineen, GC, Elizabeth Turner draws on personal experience to offer insights on:

  • Difficulties faced when offering virtual care and establishing virtual care practices
  • Best practices for virtual care, including:
    • Transferring in-person skills to virtual care
    • Educational aids in a virtual setting
    • Genetic testing facilitation
  • HIPAA compliant platforms for virtual care
  • Tools and resources to improve tele-genetic counseling
  • Remote rotations for genetic counseling students
  • The future of telehealth

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