Colorado or­ga­ni­za­tions to of­fer treat­ments tar­geted by DNA

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —An­dis Robeznieks

Four Colorado health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions plan­ning a $63 mil­lion Cen­ter for Per­son­al­ized Medicine aim to use pa­tients’ DNA to pre­dict their risk of dis­ease and de­velop tar­geted treat­ments based on the ge­netic in­for­ma­tion.

Univer­sity of Colorado Health, a four-hospi­tal sys­tem based in Aurora, will con­trib­ute $26 mil­lion over the next five years to­ward the project. Its part­ners in­clude its An­schutz Med­i­cal Cam­pus neigh­bors: the Univer­sity of Colorado School of Medicine, Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Colorado and the Univer­sity Physi­cians med­i­cal group.

While the cen­ter will be based on the An­schutz cam­pus, the cen­ter’s com­put­ers will be con­nected to UC Health’s elec­tronic health-record sys­tem al­low­ing ge­netic test­ing, treat­ment and coun­sel­ing ser­vices to be avail­able through­out the state.

The part­ners will es­tab­lish a DNA bank over the next one to two years and will con­nect the cen­ter’s com­puter sys­tem to their re­spec­tive EHR sys­tems. They also plan to ex­pand the ca­pac­ity of an ex­ist­ing lab­o­ra­tory to ex­am­ine a greater vol­ume of sam­ples and more types of cancer sam­ples, and hire staff to pro­vide the ser­vices.

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