Importance of Clinical Information for Optimal Genetic Test Selection and Interpretation


This presentation will focus on how genetic counselors utilize clinical information to complete a genetic test review to ascertain that the right test is ordered for the right patients at the right time. The presentation will illustrate specific costs savings, stemming from optimal genetic test selection and interpretation, to the patient, insurer, and hospital. The importance of clinical information to the post-analytic test interpretation process will also be discussed.

Originally presented on March 13, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Lecture Presenter

Christine Miller, MS, LC GC

Christine Miller, MS, LC GC

Genetic Counselor
ARUP Laboratories

A genetic counselor at ARUP for more than a decade, Christine Miller functions as a liaison between the laboratory and ordering healthcare providers. Ms. Miller received a bachelor of science in biology from James Madison University and a master of science in genetic counseling from the University of South Carolina. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Medical Genetics and the course master for the Genetic Counseling Laboratory Rotation Program at the University of Utah. Ms. Miller established perinatal clinical genetics services at LDS Hospital, McKay Dee Hospital, and the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.


After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the relevance of clinical information to the genetic testing process.
  • Describe the clinical and financial importance of pre-analytic genetic test review.
  • Describe the significance that clinical information plays in genetic test interpretation.
  • Explain the role genetic counselors play in pre- and post-analytical test review.

Sponsored by:

University of Utah School of Medicine, and ARUP Laboratories