PreventionGenetics Teams Up With Seattle Children's Hospital PLUGS Program to Enhance Utilization Management

MARSHFIELD, Wis., Dec. 19, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PreventionGenetics is proud to announce ongoing collaboration with Seattle Children's Hospital through a Gold sponsorship of their Pediatric Laboratory Utilization Guidance Services (PLUGS) program. PreventionGenetics is one of three Gold sponsors of the program.

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"PreventionGenetics has implemented systemic interventions to improve the ordering, retrieving and interpretation of tests. This is very important to patient safety and in providing value to patient care," said Michael Astion, MD, PhD, medical director in the Department of Laboratories at Seattle Children's Hospital. "Seattle Children's is proud to be partnering with Prevention."

Utilization management is gaining interest and momentum in the healthcare realm. PreventionGenetics focuses on decreasing healthcare costs through laboratory utilization management of genetic testing. For many hospitals and health systems, the cost of sending out genetic tests is high (often > $1 million per year) and increasing at an annual average rate of about 20% (PLUGS®). Through utilization management strategies at PreventionGenetics, over 1.3 million healthcare dollars are saved annually (see Figure 1).

PreventionGenetics is proud to be a gold sponsor of PLUGS®, which shares our values. "Genetic testing should enhance the quality of clinical care for the patient," says James Weber, Ph.D, PreventionGenetics President and founder. "PreventionGenetics also believes that genetic testing should be affordable and has maintained prices that are among the lowest in the industry while keeping quality our first priority," Weber added.

PreventionGenetics is a clinical testing laboratory offering genetic testing and DNA banking services. Founded in 2004, the company currently has the largest menu of genetic tests in the United States. PreventionGenetics serves healthcare providers around the world, with samples being sent for testing from over 65 different countries. For more information, visit

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Source: PreventionGenetics