The Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have designated national Blue Distinction Centers meeting their standards and selection criteria for bariatric weight loss surgery, cardiac (heart) care, fertility care, organ transplants (e.g. adult and pediatric bone marrow/stem cell, heart, lung, liver, pancreas (adult only) transplants, total knee and hip replacement, cancer care, maternity care, spine surgery, cellular immunotherapy, and gene therapy for ocular disorders. Quality criteria can be found from the home page. Substance Use Treatment and Recovery distinction to launch Jan. 1, 2020. In addition to Blue Distinction Centers, the Blue Distinction+ (Plus) designates high quality centers that also consider cost of care. (No further information is available on prices.) Interactive database; updated 2019
Family History Tool from the US Surgeon General’s office at hhs.gov, helps consumers create a family health history. It’s called the Family Health Portrait project, provided through the CDC. The Surgeon General’s “My Family Health Portrait” is an internet-based tool that makes it easy for you to record your family health history. The tool is easy to to fill out and takes about 15 to 20 minutes. It assembles your information and makes a “pedigree” family tree that you can download. The website states it is private–it does not keep your information. It gives consumers a health history that you can share with family members or send to your health care provider.
MedlinePlus website for genes provides definition of Gene Therapy, Genetic basics, FAQs, Genomics and personalized medicine plan, epigenomics, pharmacogenomics, proteomics. Read: What Is A Gene? (written for kids, from Nemours Foundation, kidshealth.org) See article on genetic ancestry testing for those interested in family history and genealogy. Genomic factors reportedly play a role in nine of the ten leading causes of death in the United States. Learn about the Human Genome Project and more
Find resources for information on Genetics. Extensive set of reference materials from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, geared to student learning. Genetics Home Reference and handbook. Includes references on biotechnology, cloning, DNA, epigenetics, stem cells, gene therapy, genetic mutation, genetic testing, inheriting genetic conditions, bioethics and genetics
Find a genetic clinic or genetic service in the US. American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) lists genetics clinics in the United States. Basic information provided. The ACMG is an interdisciplinary professional membership organization that represents the interests of medical genetics professionals including clinical geneticists, clinical laboratory geneticists, and genetic counselors.
Genetics FAQ (frequently asked questions) from genome.gov. Information from the National Human Genome Research Institute. A series of FAQs covers genetic disorders, genetic testing, genetic counseling, genome TV videos, pharmacogenomics, rare diseases. Start with Health FAQ, and dig deeper.
Learn about genomics and precision health from CDC. Find out the definition of Genomics, and find resources on subjects such as genetic testing and newborn screening, family history for cancer, and prenatal testing. Genetics: the study of inheritance. Genomics: the study of people’s genes and how they interact with each other and with the environment. CDC Office of Public Health Genomics explains how Clinical genetic tests are different from direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests. Precision Health includes precision medicine plus using personal mobile devices to support healthy living.
Mountain States Genetics Network provides resources for the diagnosis and management of genetic disorders, including an online directory of genetic support groups. Focus is on services in eight states: AZ, CO, MT, NM, NV, TX, UT and WY
Find approved laboratories in New York and other states, under the Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program (CLEP). Labs approved for certain specialty testing are listed by category of testing. Examples include Andrology (fertility assessment e.g. sperm count), Blood transfusion testing, Blood plasma processing, Cellular Immunology, Endocrinology (e.g. thyroid function tests, TSH), Virology, Genetic testing, Toxicology labs, Trace Element labs, Transplant monitoring; many more. More than 600 labs overall in New York. Other states may also have approved labs listed here. For example in May 2020, there were 8 approved labs listed in Minnesota, 10 in Illinois, 71 in California, 12 in Florida, and 32 in Texas.