Addressing the Unpredictable Diagnostic Odyssey of Rare Disease
This activity consists of a recorded presentation from the "31st Annual National Clinical Conference" held in Bloomington, Minn., Oct. 17-19, 2022.
Rare diseases — often complex, chronic life-threatening conditions affecting roughly 33 million people in the U.S. — impact quality of life, carry a high financial burden, and have few, if any, treatment choices. Adults and children with undiagnosed genetic diseases often face an unpredictable, long journey, referred to as a diagnostic odyssey, that lasts eight years on average and includes unnecessary tests and procedures, misdiagnoses, and delayed treatment while their conditions worsen. This presentation addresses the needs for improved access to care, new advances in rare-disease diagnosis, and treatments emerging with the rise of personalized precision medicine. New possibilities for collaboration among medicine, research and drug-development organizations are also discussed.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, psychologists, social workers, dietitians, and other health care professionals who are interested in rare diseases.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Provide an overview of the conditions that qualify as rare diseases and their impact on quality of life, health care costs, and outcomes as related to diagnosis and treatment availability.
- Discuss the current and emerging contributions that precision medicine and specific testing approaches can provide in diagnosing and treating rare diseases.
- Describe how rare-disease outcomes can be improved through strategies such as collaborative approaches that coordinate health care, research, and drug-development organizations.
Matt Might, PhD
Professor of Internal Medicine and Computer Science
Hugh Kaul Endowed Chair in Personalized Medicine
Director, Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute
University of Alabama at Birmingham
About the presenter
Matthew Might, MD, has been the director of the Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) since 2017. At UAB, Dr. Might is the Hugh Kaul endowed chair of personalized medicine, a professor of internal medicine and a professor of computer science. From 2016 to 2018, Dr. Might was a strategist in the Executive Office of the President in The White House. In 2015, Dr. Might joined the faculty of the department of biomedical informatics at the Harvard Medical School, first as visiting professor and since 2017 as senior lecturer. Dr. Might was co-founder and chief scientific officer of NGLY1.org, and he was a co-founder and scientific advisor to Pairnomix. Q State Biosciences acquired Pairnomix in October 2018. Dr. Might remains a scientific advisor and board member.
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education
Eden Prairie, MN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Optum Health Education
Eden Prairie, MN
Jennifer Malin, MD, PhD
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Optum Health Solutions
Eden Prairie, MN
Tina Rydland, PharmD
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
Dr. Matthew Might has indicated that he is a consultant for RareBase PBC, is on the advisory board for Actio Software, Praxis and Q-State, and has ownership interest in Actio Software, Q-State and RareBase PBC.
The activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
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Credit designation statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour(s) ([0.100] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
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Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-0000-23-091-H01-P/T
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The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
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Psychologists and social workers
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- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 APA - Psychologists
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers
- 1.00 CDR - Dietitians
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