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Many companies and counselors see the COVID-19 pandemic as a catalyst for moving germline risk testing into a digital-first healthcare model.

After pilot programs showed patients and physicians are interested in genomics, NorthShore is working on "hardwiring" genetics into routine care.

The financing round comes as Color expands its partnerships with healthcare systems and builds out a national genetic counseling resource for NIH's All of Us program.

Despite the step-up in FDA action against labs offering PGx tests, the success of these programs suggests that access to them isn't being stifled as some feared.

Within the program, Ochsner is hoping to improve preventive care in certain cancer and cardiac conditions with information from genetic tests performed by Color.

By focusing too heavily on family history, the Preventive Services Task Force is missing many opportunities for prevention, patient advocates, industry players, and researchers say.  

The article argues that PRS are bad at identifying those who will develop disease but others say this is the same for widely used risk factors.

NorthShore University HealthSystem is among the first of many interested in implementing genetic testing and tracking the population health impact, according to Color.

After a successful pilot that recruited 1,000 patients, NorthShore will now engage 10,000 people to receive Color's genomic testing in their primary care.

The company also said it will release its first polygenic risk score for cardiovascular disease early this year.

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