Nashville-Based Company Broadens Personal Health Management Services
With Genetic Testing
NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Healthspek,
an award-winning personal health management platform, has expanded its
commitment to helping consumers take control of their personal
healthcare by offering at-home
pharmacogenetic testing (PGT).
The saliva-based laboratory test analyzes DNA to determine how an
individual will respond to certain medications based on their unique
genetic makeup. The results can help doctors better prescribe the
correct medication and dosage with little to no trial and error.
“The majority of us have some marker in our genetic code that affects
the way we metabolize prescription drugs,” said Randy
Farr, co-founder and CEO of Healthspek. “With this type of precision
medicine, you’ll know right off the bat which drugs and what doses are
the safest and most effective for you.”
Healthspek PGT (video)
was born out of a strategic partnership with MyGenetx, an advanced
healthcare laboratory that offers providers personalized medicine and
specialized healthcare. Now users can order the test directly to their
home, and in two weeks, receive detailed results of how they metabolize
medications. An optional telephone session with a genetic counselor
reviews the results and their meaning, along with recommendations to
share with your provider.
“Pharmacogenetic testing is invaluable to patients who take medications
for conditions such as heart disease, chronic pain, depression or high
blood pressure who have spent weeks, months or longer searching for the
right medication with the fewest side effects,” said Farr.
The Healthspek mobile “Lifetime
Wallet” health record has become nationally recognized for its
ability to allow individuals and families to track, collect and safely
disseminate personal healthcare information, and PGT results only
enhance the information available to patients and caregivers.
PGT results are stored at no cost in a Healthspek account, where they
can be accessed personally or by doctors through ChartNow in both
routine and emergency situations.
To learn more about the testing process and to order a PGT, visit pgt.healthspek.com.
MyGenetx is a molecular and general chemistry laboratory, providing
timely and comprehensive test results. With a national footprint in the
areas of pharmacogenetics, chronic disease management, hereditary
cancer, women’s health, corporate wellness, endocrinology and oral
health, MyGenetx is committed to bringing affordable, accessible and
actionable laboratory testing to everyone. Their research and innovative
ideas in genetic testing are at the forefront, allowing them to offer
personalized medicine and specialized healthcare options, beyond the
traditional standard of care. To learn more, visit www.mygenetx.com.
Healthspek is a free personal healthcare tool run on a mobile Web
platform. It is available for iPads through the App Store and accessible
through the website on all PC and other mobile devices. To learn more,
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