Updated on 18 July 2013
Although a DNA test might soon hold the key to revolutionising patient care, the Royal College of Pathologists has warned Australians to be cautious before embracing it too quickly
Singapore: The Royal College of Pathologists has warned Australians to be cautious about embracing DNA tests and genetic mapping too quickly.
At the health informatics conference being held in Adelaide, discussions about genome mapping advances are being discussed, with focus on how technology can improve healthcare.
Ms Katerina Andronis of the Health Informatics Society of Australia said efficiencies were possible. "We need to use technology to enable the more efficient way of managing our patients," she explained.
Professor William Dalton of M2Gen said people's DNA profiles should be held in a national database in conjunction with facts about their medical history and lifestyle.
"It is not about just knowing the genome, it is putting it in the context of the system. We can predict how a patient may develop a disease or respond to therapy," he added.