The global integration of genomics into mainstream healthcare will rely on strong collaborative networks and information sharing, says a paper published in the latest edition of the American Journal of Human Genetics.
The paper by the Global Alliance for Genomics & Health (GA4GH) highlights the rapid transition of genomic sequencing into clinical practice and provides an overview of how different countries are approaching the transformation.
With estimates that genomic data from more than 60 million patients will be generated within healthcare in the next five years, the authors propose a road map for dealing with the complexity, volume and responsibility that inevitably brings. They say the key to a successful transition will be sharing tools, strategies, data and standards across borders to maximise the benefits for individuals.
GA4GH Vice-Chair and Lead of Australian Genomics Kathryn North is lead author of the paper, Integrating genomics into healthcare: a global responsibility.