NorthShore’s online source for timely health and wellness news, inspiring patient stories and tips to lead a healthy life.
This is the age of information. Today, there is an unlimited amount of knowledge that we can harness to help us make better, more informed decisions. It’s changed everything, from how businesses work to how baseball teams scout players. And now it’s changing the nature of healthcare.
NorthShore University HealthSystem is integrating genetic testing into patients’ routine care. Primary care doctors have always used family history to know which inherited illnesses to look out for when caring for patients. NorthShore takes this approach a step further by using patients’ DNA to predict future health risks with increased accuracy.
At NorthShore, Advanced Primary Care physicians can use patients’ own DNA to find out if there are risks for serious health issues, such as cancer, cardiac and neurological conditions. By identifying potential health issues, NorthShore physicians help patients take proactive steps to avoid future illnesses, which may be as simple as making healthy lifestyle changes.
When needed, the Advanced Primary Care physician will connect patients to a network of NorthShore specialists who will create a personalized treatment plan based on the patient’s unique genetic profile.
Advanced Primary Care doctors are armed with science and data to provide well-rounded, innovative care. And they’re giving patients a powerful way to take control of their health.
To see how NorthShore is implementing this new level of everyday care—and get answers to frequently asked questions—visit Advanced Primary Care.