Becker's Healthcare April 18, 2024
Mariah Taylor

Children’s Mercy Kansas City (Mo.) researchers found a way to reduce the time to diagnosis for rare disease by 5.5 months.

Local providers are sometimes wary of the benefits of genetic testing for rare disease and have significant constraints in pursuing it themselves, instead relying on referrals to specialists. However, referrals result in long waitlists, delays in clinical assessment, insurance clearance, testing and initiation of diagnosis. Attending multiple visits to urban medical centers can also pose a difficulty for families.

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