What tests are part of the Insight Genome program?
There are two tests included in the Insight Genome program. A clinical whole genome sequencing test looks at a person’s entire genetic code including 20,000 genes associated with more than 6000 medical conditions. In addition, a clinical pharmacogenomic test provides information about many different genes and how they impact your body’s response to over one hundred drugs.
What is Whole Genome Sequencing?
Whole genome sequencing is a test that looks at the entire genetic makeup of an individual by reading all of their DNA – more than six billion letters. That genetic code is then analyzed to identify variants, or changes in the DNA, that may impact health and disease risk.
Who should consider Insight Genome?
Any adult may choose to be a part of the Insight Genome program. People may consider Insight Genome because they are interested in:
- A better understanding of current medical problems
- Information about future disease risk to guide preventative healthcare decisions
- Filling gaps in family history when an individual has little or no information about family members and their health
- Providing valuable information to relatives and future generations
What is the cost of the Insight Genome program?
The cost of the Insight Genome program is approximately $7000. That cost includes the clinical whole genome sequencing test, the pharmacogenomic test, as well as physician visits at the Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine.
Will insurance pay for the Insight Genome program?
The Insight Genome program is self-pay.
What is the process for testing?
At the Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine, you will have a visit with a geneticist and genetic counselor. This visit will include collecting information about your medical and family history and a short physical exam. A physician will order the clinical genome sequencing and pharmacogenomic tests. To complete these tests a blood sample for genome sequencing and a saliva sample for pharmacogenomic testing will be collected.
When the test results are complete in about 90 days, you will be contacted and a time will be scheduled to discuss your results with a geneticist and genetic counselor at the Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine.
What are the risks of the Insight Genome program?
Some people may find out that they have a high risk of getting a disease. Some of these diseases may not be treatable. You can choose what types of diseases you would like to learn about through Insight Genome testing.
Learning about disease risk can impact a person’s ability to get certain types of insurance. The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) protects individuals from having their genetic information used when getting health insurance and employment. However, this protection does not apply to other types of insurance, including life, long term care, and disability policies. For more information: https://www.genome.gov/10002328
In addition, results from genetic testing may impact family members. It may be helpful to have discussions with family members before having genetic testing to find out what information they would want to know.
Genetic counseling is important to fully understand the risks and benefits of testing, and is provided through Insight Genome during clinic visits.
How long is the testing process?
The turnaround time for the Insight Genome tests is approximately 90 days.
How do I make an appointment?
Call the Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine 256-327-9640 to begin the process.
Could my results from Insight Genome impact my family?
The information you learn from Insight Genome could potentially impact other family members, some of whom may not want to have that information. We encourage you to have conversations about genetic testing with family members in advance of your Insight Genome.
Will my Insight Genome results be in my health record?
The Insight Genome includes physician-ordered clinical tests. Results of those tests as well as documentation of your clinic visits will become part of your medical record at the Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine.
Who will have access to my Insight Genome information?
If you become a patient, all information that you and your physicians provide will become a part of your medical record at the Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine, which will be protected by law and kept confidential. Click here to view our Notice of Privacy Practices.
What if my physician has questions about the Insight Genome program?
The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine is staffed with a clinical geneticist and genetic counselors. We are happy to answer their questions.