Transferring exome sequencing data from clinical laboratories to healthcare providers: Lessons learned at a pediatric hospital
We go back in time a year for this brief paper published by Swaminathan et al. of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio. The researchers present their experiences handling the nuances of transferring large genomic data files of individual patients to a sequencing lab, all while handling the security and privacy protections surrounding the data. Handling only 19 patients' genomic files, at least initially, presented a number of workflow and protocol challenges for both hospital and laboratory. They conclude with barriers (file size and workflow management consistency) and suggestions (EHR-based alerts, blockchain) about what could be improved with such data transfers in the future to better realize the "massive potential to leverage genomic data to advance human health overall."