Creating the World Standard in Genomic Electronic Health Records (GEHR)

Today, technology has increased the pace of genetic discovery immensely and scientists at the University of Utah Health Sciences [UUHS] are utilizing and developing some of the most cutting-edge tools in the field. UUHS is uniquely positioned to lead the way because scientists here have:

  • Created some of the world standards in computational platforms (Maker, VAAST, and VAAST+) used on nearly every continent. These platforms are used to analyze and predict genetic conditions in any sequenced genome, human or otherwise.
  • Discovered more than 30 genes responsible for multiple diseases including breast cancer, colon cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and more.
  • Utilize state-of-the-art sequencing facilities. Years ago the cost of sequencing a human genome was $1 billion dollars over ten years. Today we can sequence ten genomes in a week for about $3000 each. As this cost continues to fall and sequencing becomes more common, demand for analytics and data management will increase exponentially.
  • Support a culture of a fully integrated and collaborative academic, clinical and research institution, one that allows us to move knowledge from the bench to bedside even faster.
  • Have access to multiple generations of families, starting in Utah and ending with people around the world.

We now aim to create the world standard in a Genomic Electronic Health Record (GEHR). This platform will interpret complex genomic information for your health provider. Achieving this goal requires cutting-edge information technology, a deep understanding and history of genomic discovery, and the remarkable scientific talent gathering at the University of Utah Health Sciences [UUHS].

Utah can lead the way - fueling new discoveries in science and medicine.

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About the Author:

Joe BorgenichtDirector of Special Initiatives, Public Affairs at University of Utah Health Sciences.