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Social Networking for Personal Health Records

At Life as a Healthcare CIO, John Halamka reports that yesterday, Google Health launched a "social networking" feature for its personal health records. If you have a Google Health profile, you can share this profile by clicking on a link that then invites the person you've chosen to share it with by email to view your record. Halamka praises it as solving "many confidentiality issues by putting the patient in control of medical record sharing," but comments to the blog post point out that it's not a new thing: Indivo and Children's Hospital Boston have had this feature for a while.

The Scan

UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.

Survey Sees Genetic Literacy on the Rise, Though Further Education Needed

Survey participants appear to have higher genetic familiarity, knowledge, and skills compared to 2013, though 'room for improvement' remains, an AJHG paper finds.

Study Reveals Molecular, Clinical Features in Colorectal Cancer Cases Involving Multiple Primary Tumors

Researchers compare mismatch repair, microsatellite instability, and tumor mutation burden patterns in synchronous multiple- or single primary colorectal cancers.

FarGen Phase One Sequences Exomes of Nearly 500 From Faroe Islands

The analysis in the European Journal of Human Genetics finds few rare variants and limited geographic structure among Faroese individuals.