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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Applying an Implementation Science Approach to Genomic Medicine: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23403.
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Statement of Task

An ad hoc planning committee will organize and conduct a public workshop to examine how the implementation of novel technology in health care and lessons from prior adoptions can be applied to genomic medicine advances. A variety of examples in health care may be considered, including the adoption of electronic health records or the introduction of imaging and other technologies. The workshop goal will be to learn from existing examples and examine the challenges, opportunities, and best practices to implementing genomic technologies in the health care system without exacerbating health care disparities. A diverse stakeholder group, which may be composed of health care system leadership, clinical providers, patients, implementation science experts, and others, will be invited to present their experiences and perspectives. The planning committee will develop the workshop agenda, select speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. An individually authored summary of the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional policy and procedures.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Applying an Implementation Science Approach to Genomic Medicine: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23403.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Applying an Implementation Science Approach to Genomic Medicine: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23403.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Applying an Implementation Science Approach to Genomic Medicine: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23403.
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Although it is becoming increasingly more common for clinicians to use genomic data in their practices for disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, the process of integrating genomic data into the practice of medicine has been a slow and challenging one. Some of the major barriers impeding the incorporation of new genomic technology into clinical practice are: the difficulty of changing routine medical practices to account for the use of genetic testing, the limited knowledge of patients and providers about genomic medicine, assessing sufficient evidence to support the use of genetic tests, privacy and data security issues, and uncertainty about reimbursement.

The field of implementation science may be able to provide insights concerning efficient ways to incorporate genomic applications into routine clinical practice. The focus of implementation science studies is to identify integration bottlenecks and optimal approaches for a given setting and ultimately to promote the up-take of research findings. To explore the potential of implementation science to improve the integration of genomics into medicine, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop in Washington, DC, in November 2015. Participants explored the challenges and opportunities of integrating genomic advances into the clinic through the lens of implementation science. This report summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

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