Clinician FAQs

Who is GnomeDX? 

Gnome Diagnostics is a CLIA-certified laboratory committed to advancing personalized medicine to help physicians customize patient care. The Gnome PGx Panels were developed based on research by leading scientists, certified physicians and pathologists to ensure the safest and most effective recommendations for prescribing medication and assessing cardiovascular risk.

What exactly does GnomeDX do?

Gnome Diagnostics provides personalized genetic testing services to clinicians. In particular, our test results allow clinicians to understand each patient's individual genetic profile, providing information on how well the patient can metabolize certain drugs. The GnomeDX report offers guidelines on how to deliver the optimal dose to each and every patient, maximizing efficiency and minimizing side effects.

What is personalized medicine?

The term "personalized medicine" is often described as providing "the right patient with the right drug at the right dose at the right time." More broadly, personalized medicine (also known as precision medicine) may be thought of as the tailoring of medical treatment to the individual characteristics, needs and preferences of a patient during all stages of care - including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.

What is the interest to a clinician?

Each person has their own unique combination of genetic variations. Gnome Diagnostics provides tests focused on determining the genetic variation status of an individual's drug metabolism genes and inherited risk of cardiac disease, allowing clinicians to develop a personalized plan for their patient’s health. The results from the Gnome PGx Panels can improve the overall health and outcomes for patients, minimize risk and side effects from prescription drugs, and help reduce the overall cost of healthcare.

How much will the clinician need to do?

The sample is collected using a simple buccal swab collection kit. After explaining the benefits to the patient, a nurse or assistant may collect the cheek swab, allowing the doctor to continue with patient appointments.

What are the benefits to patients?

Individualized genetic data can be used to develop a personalized treatment plan for patients. These results enable the physician to develop a personalized plan for improving patient health. Tailoring specific drugs to individual patients decreases SADRs, improves therapeutic outcomes and decreases cost to your patient.

Is the patient's genetic information confidential?  

Yes, only the clinician and patient will see the results. Genetic discrimination is illegal under the GINA Act. 

What is the GINA Act?

The GINA Act (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act) passed by congress in 2008 to prohibit employers or insurance companies from using your genetic information to discriminate against you. 

What are the benefits to a physician's practice?

Tailoring specific drugs to individual patients decreases SADRs, improves therapeutic outcomes and decreases cost to both your patients and your practice. Our CardiacDX test also evaluates inherited risk for cardiac disease, allowing you to better monitor and treat patients. These results enable you to develop a personalized plan for improving patient health.

Where does the clinician get the test kits?

Depending on the location of the practice, the test kits can either be delivered personally by GnomeDX or shipped next day by FedEx, at no cost.

Who administers the cheek swab?

The sample test kits contain simple instructions for collection. The patient, nurse or qualified staff may perform the test in the physician’s office or the patient may be given instructions to come to our office in Powell, Ohio, for collection.

Where do clinicians get training?

GnomeDX will provide both a short demonstration and training materials.

Where does the practice send the kits?

A GnomeDX courier will be sent to collect it, or the kit can be shipped using a simple pre-filled FedEx label.

How long does it take to get results back to the clinician?

Within 5-7 business days after sample receipt.

What form do the results come in? 

The results will be delivered via a HIPAA-compliant physician portal in an easy-to-read patient report.

Who reads the results?

The physician can review and discuss the results, interpretations and implications with the patient. Genetic counseling is available to your physician upon request.

Are the results easy for a doctor to read/understand?

Yes, the results and interpretations are written in a clear, easy-to-understand format.

What do pharmaceutical companies think about personalized medicine?

Most pharmaceutical companies have shifted focus to include a personalized medicine approach. It is now common for pharmaceutical companies to look for biomarkers when developing a new drug to select which patients should be taking the particular drug. This is fostering a relationship between pharmaceutical companies and diagnostic companies.

How much is it going to cost to get the test kits?

The test kits will be delivered at no cost to the clinician.

How much will it cost patients?

Please visit our billing page.  If there are any questions please call our office at 614-431-6414.

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