Look in a mirror, and you will see the physical characteristics you inherited from your parents and grandparents. What you will not see are the hidden traits you may have also inherited, such as a high risk for cancer or another life-threatening hereditary disease or condition.
Health Heritage, a sophisticated yet easy-to-use online application, was developed to tell you whether your health is at risk due to your hidden genetic inheritance and, if it is, what you can do about it.
Health Heritage automatically and securely extracts key details from your electronic medical record. It offers step-by-step guidance on how to expand on that information, and it lets you share and exchange medical information with family members. These actions result in the creation of an accurate, comprehensive, and dynamic family medical history that you can update as often as you choose.
Health Heritage compares the family medical history you create, or update, against the most recent scientific research in order to generate health risk reports and recommendations that you can share with your doctors in order to develop personalized screening and prevention plans.
On May 5, 2014, NorthShore University HealthSystem in the northern suburbs of Chicago became the first in the nation to offer Health Heritage to its patients through its patient portal. Patients who have logged on to Health Heritage have been quick to praise the program’s ease, functionality and usefulness. Elaine R. writes, “I am here today due to what genetics played out for me as a cancer survivor….Finding out about BRCA and ‘triple negative’ breasts saved me. I commend your efforts, endlessly. Thank you.”