Returning results in the genomic era: Initial experiences of the emerge network

Georgia L. Wiesner, Alanna Kulchak Rahm, Paul Appelbaum, Sharon Aufox, Sarah T. Bland, Carrie L. Blout, Kurt D. Christensen, Wendy K. Chung, Ellen Wright Clayton, Robert C. Green, Margaret H. Harr, Nora Henrikson, Christin Hoell, Ingrid A. Holm, Gail P. Jarvik, Iftikhar J. Kullo, Philip E. Lammers, Eric B. Larson, Noralane M. Lindor, Maddalena MarasaMelanie F. Myers, Josh F. Peterson, Cynthia A. Prows, James D. Ralston, Hila Milo Rasouly, Richard R. Sharp, Maureen E. Smith, Sara L. Van Driest, Janet L. Williams, Marc S. Williams, Julia Wynn, Kathleen A. Leppig

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A goal of the 3rd phase of the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE3) Network was to examine the return of results (RoR) of actionable variants in more than 100 genes to consenting participants and their healthcare providers. Each of the 10 eMERGE sites developed plans for three essential elements of the RoR process: Disclosure to the participant, notification of the health care provider, and integration of results into the electronic health record (EHR). Procedures and protocols around these three elements were adapted as appropriate to individual site requirements and limitations. Detailed information about the RoR procedures at each site was obtained through structured telephone interviews and follow-up surveys with the clinical investigator leading or participating in the RoR process at each eMERGE3 institution. Because RoR processes at each of the 10 sites allowed for taking into account di_erences in population, disease focus and institutional requirements, significant heterogeneity of process was identified, including variability in the order in which patients and clinicians were notified and results were placed in the EHR. This heterogeneity in the process flow for eMERGE3 RoR reflects the “real world” of genomic medicine in which RoR rocedures must be shaped by the needs of the patients and institutional environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number30
JournalJournal of Personalized Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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