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We’ve Partnered with Genome Medical to Deliver Members Seamless Genetic Expertise

We’re proud to announce our strategic partnership with Genome Medical®, the first and only nationwide telegenomics practice to deliver seamless genetic expertise in clinical care.

LunaDNA members across the United States can access a network of clinical genomic specialists — including medical geneticists, genetic counselors, pharmacists, and primary care doctors — to better understand their health and DNA information.

Genome Medical’s board-certified genetic specialists are equipped to discuss your health risks based on family history, identify the appropriate test for your health questions, and provide guidance on treatment and long-term care for an existing diagnosis. Individuals who have purchased at-home consumer DNA testing kits, like 23andMe and AncestryDNA, may be interested in speaking with a Genome Medical specialist about new or unanswered questions including whether additional genetic testing is appropriate.

“We are always exploring new ways to support health discovery, both for one’s personal well-being as well as more broadly through privacy-protected individual data sharing to advance science,” said Dawn Barry, president and co-founder at LunaPBC. “When individuals have virtual, on-demand access to genetic experts, wellness assessments, and screenings, they can build knowledge for their own health. When they share their health data and insights to advance science, they support the collective health. We are excited to support both.”

This partnership unites LunaPBC and Genome Medical’s shared mission of bringing the power of genetics to health and quality of life, clearly and easily.

How It Works

Step One: Attend a Consultation
A genetic counselor will review a member’s and their family’s health history and determine if genetic testing is right for them. If they already have genetic test results, a genetic counselor can review those results and answer any clinical questions they may have.  

Step Two: Take a Genetic Test
If appropriate, Genome Medical can order a genetic test and help with submitting samples. Results are typically available within one to three weeks.

Step Three: Review Results with a Genetic Counselor
Because genetic test results can be complex, a genetic counselor will help interpret results and guide members on how to apply learnings into daily life. 

Step Four: Integrate What You’ve Learned
Genetic counselors will create a personalized action plan for members to leverage learnings and share with their doctor.

Education Is Power

As genetic information becomes more accessible and available, innovative health systems and hospitals are creating health programs for the communities they serve. These new programs add dimension to medical systems’ understanding of health issues across various populations. 

When LunaDNA members meet with a genetic specialist, participate in genetic testing, and have their unique genetic information on hand, they can collaborate with their doctors on personalized strategies that take into consideration their individual health risks.  

To participate in Genome Medical’s genetic consultation through LunaDNA, become a member at lunadna.com.

About Genome Medical
Genome Medical is a national telegenomics technology, services and strategy company bringing genomic medicine to everyday care. Through our nationwide network of genetic specialists and efficient​ Genome Care Delivery™​technology platform, we provide expert virtual genetic care for individuals and their families to improve health and well-being. We also help health care providers and their patients navigate the rapidly expanding field of genetics and utilize test results to understand the risk for disease, accelerate disease diagnosis, make informed treatment decisions and lower the cost of care. We are shepherding in a new era of genomic medicine by creating easy, efficient access to top genetic experts. Genome Medical is headquartered in South San Francisco​. ​To learn more, visit genomemedical.com ​and follow ​@GenomeMed.​

About LunaPBC
Public Benefit Corporation, LunaPBC, is a private investor-owned company founded in November 2017. It is chartered to drive societal value through the aggregation and organization of genomic and health data at a scale and diversity rich enough to solve today’s greatest health challenges. LunaPBC founded LunaDNA, the first people-powered, community-owned data sharing platform. The LunaPBC team, investors, and advisors are renowned in the patient-advocacy, health, and science fields, including several former chief executives of Illumina, industry academics, and financial executives. For more information visit lunadna.com and follow ​@LunaDNA_.

LunaPBC Partners With Medfusion

LunaPBC Partners with Medfusion to Launch Electronic Health Record Integration, Supporting Community-Driven Research

San Diego, Calif. | September 10, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. PT LunaPBC, founder of LunaDNA, the first community-owned genomic and health data platform — now enables members to access their electronic health records (EHRs) in the LunaDNA platform via Medfusion’s Patient Data Application Program Interfaces (APIs). This integration expands individual’s opportunities to easily and securely share their health data to advance scientific discovery using their own medical history.

EHRs are rich with health information, including family history of chronic disease, recent diagnoses and illnesses, as well as laboratory results. This information is valuable to researchers and the medical community to support scientific advances, but it is often not easily accessible outside of the patient’s health system. A lack of interoperability between health systems means these systems rarely communicate with one another, leaving patients with partial or even no access to a comprehensive record of their health. Consequently, 32 percent of individuals have experienced gaps in the exchange of their health information when they visit their provider.

LunaDNA’s addition of EHR integration allows its members to easily capture, review, and privately share their de-identified medical histories in LunaDNA. This capability enriches the database with standardized medical data and enables new discoveries by not-for-profits, academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies. Prior to these groups gaining access to the database for research, they are vetted by an ethics review board to comply with LunaPBC’s public benefit charter. LunaDNA members are always in control of their data on LunaDNA and can delete any portion or their complete EHR record at any time. In addition to EHR data, LunaDNA accepts data from DNA tests and real-world data from member surveys.

“Access to LunaDNA members’ medical journeys that are integrated with shared DNA information, allows the database to directly impact future research discoveries that accelerate an era of personalized health. Ensuring that each member is in full control of the use of their data creates a privacy framework that is centered on the individual,” said Scott Kahn, Chief Information Officer, LunaPBC. “Our work with Medfusion activates individuals as research partners and holds the promise of making discoveries inclusive and transparent.”

Medfusion features the broadest network of Health Data APIs—reaching 83 percent of the U.S. market with patients served by more than 700,000 providers. It allows for data retrieval across more than 40 different EHRs, enabling LunaDNA users to gather records from a broad range of providers, specialties and locations. The breadth and depth of the Medfusion network gives LunaDNA a powerful advantage in terms of data availability and patient experience.

“We immediately identified with LunaPBC’s mission of empowering patients with their own health data and being able to do more with that data,” said Ryan Magnes, executive vice president of growth and innovation, Medfusion. “The power of LunaDNA comes from putting the patient in the center — and using technology to connect and share their data for their own benefit, and for the benefit of others. The breadth of Medfusion’s network will enable users to get the most complete view of their health record.”

In addition to breaking down silos to advance medical research, individuals who submit their data are eligible for shares in LunaDNA. LunaDNA was granted precedent setting qualification from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as the only company able to grant members ownership shares in exchange for their data. The monetary value of a LunaDNA share is expressed through dividends consistent with an individual’s ownership percentage. Holders of shares are able to increase their holdings by contributing more data, and the database becomes more valuable over time as research advances and medical discoveries are accelerated.

“There is a massive amount of data that would be invaluable to researchers if they were able to access it in a standardized format,” said Sharon Terry, President and Chief Executive Officer, Genetic Alliance. “In a world where medical records are increasingly complicated, it’s wonderful to see companies like Medfusion and LunaPBC working together to make it easier for both patients and researchers to access this information.”

Luna is bringing together individuals, communities, and researchers to better understand life. Directly drive health discovery by joining the Tell Us About You study. The more we come together to contribute health data for the greater good, the quicker and more efficient research will scale, and improve the quality of life for us all.  

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LunaDNA Partners with Genomelink

LunaDNA Partners with GenomeLink to Offer Members Even More

We’re excited to announce our strategic partnership with Genomelink, the largest and fastest growing web platform that enables members to upload their raw DNA data file and discover more about their DNA identities and traits through intuitive visualization and scientific educational content.

Now, LunaDNA members can contribute their DNA data to Genomelink and learn more about their unique health data, from personality traits, fitness and nutrition, and more.

This partnership allows LunaPBC, manager of LunaDNA, to unite our shared mission with Awakens, creator of Genomelink, and close the gap between individual and researcher by positioning individuals at the center of health discovery. Together, we’re supporting health research, advancing science and accelerating medical breakthroughs.

We are excited to see organizations like Awakens recognizing that modern data stewardship means individuals must come first. People coming together at scale as a data sharing community represents the next frontier in making research more efficient, inclusive, and informative, but it requires earning people’s trust through transparency, reciprocity, and honoring their control at all times.”

Dawn Barry, President + Co-founder at LunaPBC

As LunaDNA’s platform evolves, LunaDNA members will have the ability to earn additional shares by importing their weekly trait data from GenomeLink onto the LunaDNA platform. For now, Awakens invites Genomelink members to participate in the new wave of people-powered health by becoming a pioneering member of LunaDNA and joining a health movement that’s reshaping the traditional health research model.

Awakens believes personal DNA engagement should be a life-long journey for individuals and their families because the knowledge embedded in our DNA is continuously being discovered.”

Tomohiro Takano, CEO + Co-founder at Awakens

This partnership comes just 15 years after DNA Day was officially declared a national holiday, commemorating the day James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and colleagues published papers in the journal Nature on the structure of DNA back in 1953. Furthermore, we recognize April 25th as the day when the Human Genome Project was near-completion, with the remaining gaps considered “too costly” to fill. It’s an eventful day in DNA history and we’re thrilled to be celebrating it improving quality of life for all.