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GenoVic now supports testing for both cancer and inherited conditions at Monash Health

GenoVic is a Melbourne Genomics member-developed system designed to support genomic testing at scale. It enables experts to securely manage and analyse the data at each stage of a clinical test.

The Monash Health Pathology team is now using GenoVic to support accredited testing for cancer panels. Monash Health was initially onboarded to GenoVic in 2019 to test for inherited conditions, including for cystic fibrosis.

As part of the work to meet Monash Health’s needs, GenoVic was enhanced by integrating the pathology team’s preferred bioinformatics tool for secondary analysis of genomic data. This enables data to flow directly from this tool into GenoVic and be stored in a standardised and computable format.

“GenoVic has enabled us to store data generated from testing, ensuring it may be available for research, validation or further clinical use in future,” said Dr Vivek Rathi, head of Genomic Laboratories at Monash Health Pathology.

“This was instrumental in obtaining NATA* accreditation for our cancer panels, enabling us to deliver the service clinically.”

Monash Health Pathology is the first laboratory using GenoVic to receive accreditation for somatic testing.

The GenoVic team worked with Monash Health Pathology to develop functionality specific to cancer panels, including enabling semi-automated submissions to reduce the possibility of human error. GenoVic’s custom-built orchestration service was also further improved to support this.

“We’re looking forward to continuing to work with the GenoVic team to further enhance our testing services,” said Dr Rathi.

“GenoVic was designed to grow and adapt with each laboratory’s needs,” Genomic Information Management Lead Dr Natalie Thorne. “The team are continuously working with each laboratory to ensure GenoVic supports their workflows.”

GenoVic is the Alliance’s shared clinical system for genomics. Five leading laboratories are using it to support clinical genomics services. A world first, it’s designed to grow and adapt with the fast-moving field of genomics.

*National Association of Testing Authorities