October 15, 2012

NIH Undiagnosed Disease Program Webinar

The Office of Rare Diseases Research- NCATS and the National Human Genome Research Institute are hosting a webinar to provide information to the patient community about a new NIH initiative to expand the Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP).  In addition, significant time will be dedicated to discussing the issues listed below.  We will use the information discussed to help in the selection process of clinical sites for the expanded UDP.  This webinar is not to solicit new patients nor to answer diagnostic questions.
Conference Number: 1-800-201-2375
Participant Code: 471324
October 17th 2012
2:30pm to 4:00pm ET

The physical and financial costs of the diagnostic odyssey
What are the major barriers to obtaining a diagnosis?

Ready access to specialists, including:
  • Inablity to see a specialist necessary to help obtain an accurate diagnosis
  • Number of specialists seen in order to get an accurate diagnosis
  • Issues getting specialists to talk to each other (coordinated care)
Travel requirements (restrictions or limitations due to disease), including:
  • Number of times have traveled out of town to be seen by a doctor when trying to get an accurate diagnosis
  • Distance needed to travel ever prevented seeing a doctor to get an accurate diagnosis
  • Farthest distance have traveled in order to be seen by a doctor when trying to get an accurate diagnosis
Ease of Access to Newer Diagnostic tests, including:
  • Problems gaining access to newer imaging or genetic sequencing tests necessary to get an accurate diagnosis
  • Insurance reimbursement issues for costs related to getting an accurate diagnosis
  • Amount of time required to get tests approved by insurance companies/3rd party payers

1 comment :

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