23andMe Joins Forces With San Diego’s Palomar Pomerado Health To Encourage Preventative Care
April 27, 2009
23andMe is proud to announce that, starting today, San Diego’s Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH), California’s largest public health district, will be offering our service to its members. This partnership marks the first time that a health care organization has provided our Personal Genome Service™ to members of its community, as well as the first time that we have made our service available for purchase through a third party.“As more genetic discoveries are made and the clinical impact of these correlations is more fully understood, physicians and patients will be better equipped to incorporate genetic information into health care and lifestyle decisions. PPH recognizes that providing their patients with their genetic information now is the first step on this path to more personalized health care and prevention,” said 23andMe co-founder, Linda Avey.PPH is nationally recognized for clinical excellence in cardiac care, women’s services, cancer, orthopedics, trauma, rehabilitation and behavioral health services. PPH has taken an active role in promoting preventative health care and believes that individualized genetic information can help members make more educated lifestyle and health care decisions, as well as help physicians better understand their patients’ health.“PPH is in the business of helping our members lead healthier lives. Because genetics significantly impacts a person’s risk for developing certain diseases, having access to genetic information can be useful for both patients and physicians in helping to prevent health problems down the road,” said Dr. Jerry Kolins, MD, FACHE, Associate Chief Medical Quality Officer and Medical Director for PPH Laboratories.PPH will be offering the 23andMe Personal Genome Service™ for $399 at two of its expresscare retail health centers in Escondido and Rancho Penasquitos, and at the Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion (POP) in Poway. PPH patients who purchase the service at these locations will also receive a live, 30-minute Personal Education Session with a PPH nursing professional.