Genomics: “Effects on general health and disease”

Genomics: “Effects on general health and disease”

As our understanding of genomics grows, we are beginning to see the role our genetic makeup plays in our general health. In this podcast, Dr. Paul Anderson answers the following questions: How does our emerging understanding of genetics and health affect our choices of treatment, diet and lifestyle? How can modern testing help guide prevention strategies?

Scarcity & Abundance in Our Healthcare System

Scarcity & Abundance in Our Healthcare System

In our healthcare system today, the physician’s time is essentially rationed. This happens in two way -healthcare provider organizations strictly limit the amount of time a physician can spend with any one patient. And insurance restrict access to physicians (and the procedures they might perform) through plan rules and processes. This is the inevitable result of an increasing volume of patients trying to gain access to a pool of physicians that is growing a very modest rate. In this podcast, we explore the ways that the healthcare system is adjusting to this reality and the consequences for patients and the quality of care they receive.

Healthcare Layer Cake

Healthcare Layer Cake

In this podcast, we continue to explore the question: Could a physician really be replaced by a computer? One of the factors driving healthcare costs today is the “layering” of the system with non-physician staff who are interposed between the physician and the patient. These can be physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other technical non-physician staff. These layers help spread the scarce physician resource over a broad range of patients, but diminishes the ability to build a strong patient physician relationship. Automation of the physician role may offer asolution.

The Dark Side of Genomic Testing

The Dark Side of Genomic Testing

Personal genome sequencing costs have fallen sharply over the last several years, and more individuals are taking advantage of genetic testing services to learn about their ancestry and what diseases they might be susceptible to. There are privacy risks, however, that consumers often ignore when sharing their genetic data with these services.

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