Lowering barriers to genetic testing

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Coming soon: Easier patient access to medically actionable genetic testing

At Invitae, our mission is to make genetic information affordable and accessible to everyone who needs it. Invitae provides answers to essential health questions—understanding disease risk, finding a diagnosis, or guiding a healthy pregnancy—with medically actionable results, fast turnaround times, and affordable prices.

We regularly hear about the roadblocks patients face when seeking out clinical-grade testing, such as high costs coupled with insurance barriers and restrictive, outdated testing guidelines that may prevent patients who need testing from receiving it.1 Direct-to-consumer genetic tests are not intended for use when making health decisions, leaving patients who want comprehensive, medically actionable testing with few easy-to-access options.

Invitae will soon offer a new way for patients to initiate a test for themselves, giving them access to genetic counselors and physicians who can place the order, and making it easier than ever before to get the information they need from any of Invitae’s affordable, comprehensive genetic tests.

Our patient-initiated channel is currently in a limited-availability beta testing period, on track for broad availability soon.

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References

  1. Beitsch PD, Whitworth PW, Hughes K et al. Underdiagnosis of hereditary breast cancer: Are genetic testing guidelines a tool or an obstacle? J Clin Oncol. 2018 Dec 7. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Haverfield E. Multigene panel screening for hereditary disease risk in healthy individuals. Poster presented at: ACMG Annual Meeting; April 12, 2018; Charlotte, NC.