Mobile App: Opinions in Medical Genetics

In fall 2014, Children’s National Health System developed a mobile application, Opinions in Medical Genetics, to make it easier for pediatricians and neonatologists to consult with our Division of Genetics and Metabolism without a specialist needing to be onsite.

How the App Works

A clinician can use the app with parental permission to transmit a patient’s clinical information, family history, and clinical images to via a secure Internet connection so a medical geneticist at Children’s National can render an opinion.

Then, the geneticist summarizes the case, recommends a management and genetic testing strategy, and then submits his or her proposal to the requesting physician. The consult likely marks the beginning of a dialogue between the clinicians. The geneticist can request more information from the community physician or set up a video consult. The app doesn’t replace the geneticist—it’s the gateway to the geneticist.

Opinions in Medical Genetics users can contact a Children’s National medical geneticist by emailing OMG@ChildrensNational.org or calling 202-476-4388.

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