SALT LAKE CITY — January 10, 2019 — Lineagen, a leading provider of clinical genetic testing, is partnering with PWNHealth to expand access to its clinical genetic tests.
Michael S. Paul, Ph.D., Lineagen’s Chief Executive Officer, states “We are thrilled to be partnering with PWNHealth to make our genetic testing solutions more accessible to families across the autism and neurodevelopmental disorder communities.”
PWNHealth’s telemedicine solutions will help Lineagen address common challenges faced by many families that want to act now on concerns about delays in a child’s development. Across the country, there are unnecessary lengthy wait times and access issues associated with obtaining a clinical diagnosis as well as first-tier genetic tests from qualified healthcare professionals. “Time matters for these kids and their families. Lineagen is committed to helping reduce the diagnostic and clinical odyssey experienced by many individuals and families across the autism and neurodevelopmental disorder spectrum,” states Dr. Paul.
Clinical genetic tests provided by Lineagen require an order from a licensed healthcare provider. “Our partnership with PWNHealth represents an important step towards fulfilling our commitment to enhance and accelerate diagnostic testing by leveraging innovations in telehealth” adds Dr. Paul. PWNHealth’s expertise will enable Lineagen to adapt to a growing demand for consumer-initiated diagnostic testing by developing a digital platform that streamlines the ordering process while maintaining the requisite oversight and guidance of licensed clinical providers and genetic counselors.
“PWNHealth follows medical genetic best practices as well as strict clinical protocols. We’re delighted to partner with Lineagen to bring greater access to the clinical benefits of genetic testing to such an important patient population,” said PWNHealth Medical Director of Genetic Services, Paldeep Atwal, MD. “Our mission is to bridge the gap between consumer demand for genetic testing and the need for medical oversight and sound clinical genetic expertise. Our model integrates physicians and genetic counselors in a way that safeguards the consumer and ensures appropriate follow-up and guidance on results.”
Lineagen helps physicians personalize medical management for individuals with developmental delay and autism spectrum disorder by providing advanced genetic testing and clinical information services. Lineagen makes genetic testing accessible to everyone, from patient to provider, combining simple non-invasive DNA sampling via buccal swab and advanced testing and information technology with dedicated service and support. Lineagen’s testing services, including an optimized chromosomal microarray called FirstStepDx PLUS® and whole exome sequencing called NextStepDx PLUS®, help providers pinpoint the cause of delay and develop a personalized healthcare management program for their patient. Results include a detailed and personalized report that presents results in a clear and actionable format that both provider and family can understand. Families and providers can contact Lineagen’s team of certified genetic counselors for help prior to testing and aid in interpreting results. Additionally, the Lineagen team of specialists handles reimbursement-related processes, from pre-authorizations to appeals. For additional information, visit www.lineagen.com and mchat.org.About PWNHealth
PWNHealth is a virtual care company that is transforming the way diagnostic tests are delivered, understood, and acted upon. Through our diagnostic testing ecosystem, we connect millions of people to thousands of sophisticated and clinically-sound diagnostic tests. As a pioneer with unparalleled industry experience, we have established a nationwide physician and genetic counselor network, connectivity to over 100 labs and resellers and technology platforms to support a broad range of healthcare customers. Diagnostic tests have the power to change a person’s life. Through the PWNHealth network we work to ensure the right tests are delivered to the right person with the right context. For more information, please visit www.pwnhealth.com
Director, Marketing, Lineagen