Corporate FAQs

Who is GnomeDX? 

Gnome Diagnostics is a CLIA-certified laboratory committed to advancing personalized medicine to help physicians and wellness programs customize patient/employee care. The Gnome PGx Panel Tests 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 (GnomeDX) provides personalized genetic testing services to clinicians. In particular, our test results allow clinicians to understand each employee's individual genetic profile, providing information on how well the employee can metabolize certain drugs. The GnomeDX report offers guidelines on how to deliver the optimal dose to each and every employee, 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.

How can the test results benefit employee health?

Each person has their own unique combination of genetic variations. Gnome Diagnostics provides a test focused on determining the genetic variation status of an individual's drug metabolism genes and inherited risk of cardiac disease allowing clinicians and coaches to develop a personalized plan for health and wellness. The results from the GnomeDX PGx Tests can improve the overall health and outcome for employees, minimize risk and side effects from prescription drugs, and help reduce the overall cost of healthcare. Since individual's DNA never changes, these results are actionable for a lifetime. The employee's results can be used as a reference in medical situations and decisions throughout their life. Additional benefits include lifestyle changes an individual can make determined by their genetic profile, which helps the individual live a healthy life. 

What are the benefits to my company?

Personalized medicine decreases adverse drug reactions, prevents hospitalizations, improves therapeutic outcomes and decreases cost to both your employee and your company. Our tests also evaluate inherited risk for cardiac disease, allowing employees to monitor and prevent cardiac events. Healthy employees save you money. A genetic test is much more affordable than a heart attack. 

Is an employee's genetic information confidential? 

Yes, only the individuals (like a doctor or spouse) that the employee consents to will see their genetic information. It is illegal for employers or health insurance companies to discriminate against individuals under the GINA Act. 

What is the GINA Act?

The GINA Act (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act) passed by congress in 2008 to prohibits employers or health insurance companies from using individuals genetic information to discriminate against them. 

What is the process of getting tested?

See our Corporate Pilot Program for more information. 

Where does my company get the test kits?

GnomeDX will provide kit materials during the onsite presentation included in the Pilot Program. 

Who administers the cheek swab?

Employees will administer the cheek swab themselves; it's as simple as brushing your teeth. The sample test kits contain simple instructions for collection. GnomeDX will provide both a short demonstration and training materials during the onsite presentation. 

Will the cheek swab hurt?

No, not at all. It's just rubbing a cotton swab on the inner part of your cheek.  

How does my company return the kits?

A GnomeDX representative will return the kits to GnomeDX after the onsite presentation.

What if employees miss the onsite presentation?

Not to worry! Kits can be left after the onsite presentation for missing employees or spouses. A GnomeDX courier will be sent to collect the additional kits, or the employees can ship the kits using a simple pre-filled FedEx label.

How long does it take to get results back?

Within 14 business days after the last sample is returned from your company to GnomeDX. We recommend employees arrange to meet with their doctor to discuss results. 

How are results delivered? 

The results can be delivered in various formats per the employee's consent. The options can include: wellness portals, email, fax, or mail.

Who gets the results?

Per employee consent, the results will be sent to the employee, their doctor, spouse and wellness coordinator. 

Are the results easy to read/understand?

Yes, the results and interpretations are written in a clear, easy to understand format. The Pilot Program includes a onsite educational presentation to make sure employees understand results clearly. We recommend the employee's physician review and discuss the results, interpretations and implications with the employee. Genetic counseling is available to employees and physicians upon request.

Can the results make employees anxious?

There's nothing we report on that isn't actionable! We do not report disease risks that have no actionable medication or lifestyle change available, such as Parkinson's. We equip your employees to live healthy lives with confidence.  

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

The test kits will be delivered to your company at no additional cost. 

How much will it cost the company?

Each comprehensive test for the Pilot Program is reduced so your company can be introduced to the benefits of Pharmacogenomics. Contact GnomeDX about our Corporate Pilot Program pricing with this form