GENETICS

Is the branch of medicine that looks at how hereditary and genetic factors play a role in causing or preventing a health problem, such as cancer or heart disease. Genetic services include direct clinical care services as well as activities such as prenatal, newborn or other screening programs, laboratory services, educational and training activities and birth defects surveillance. The goals of delivering genetic services are to identify the underlying cause of medical concerns to aid in timely treatment, health promotion and disease prevention, maximizing patient potential and educating families and individuals and health professionals. (Reference: HRSA)

HERITABLE DISORDER

A disease that is capable of being transmitted from parent to child.(Reference: Medterms)

IMD

This acronym stands for Inborn Metabolic Disease and is synonymous with Inborn Errors of Metabolism, which are defined as rare genetic disorders in which the body cannot properly turn food into energy. The disorders are usually caused by defects in specific proteins (enzymes) that help break down (metabolize) parts of food. (Reference: MedlinePlus)

MEDICAL HOME

Is an approach to providing comprehensive primary care for children, youth and adults. The Patient Centered Medical Home is a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family.

THE JOINT PRINCIPLES include:
  • Personal physician
  • Physician directed medical practice
  • Whole person orientation
  • Care is coordinated
  • Quality and safety
  • Enhanced access to care
  • (Reference: PCPCC)
VIDEOS ABOUT MEDICAL HOME
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXsNHCcYtu8&feature=youtu.be
  • http://youtu.be/SFA3YeFTmwU