Sanford Chip
DNA Test

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Helping to Select Effective Medicines for You

All individuals respond to medications differently. Sometimes these differences are due to genetic causes. Pharmacogenomic, or PGx, testing looks at a defined set of locations in your DNA that help control the ways your body processes medication. Using this information, Sanford experts look for gene changes associated with your reaction to many commonly prescribed drugs. Knowing this information early may help your Sanford physician get the right drug at the right dose when you need it.

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Learn Your Risk for Disease

An increased chance to develop a disease can be inherited or passed down through families. This is called a predisposition. By looking at specific places in your DNA, genetic experts at Sanford can find out the likelihood that you have certain gene changes that may put you at a higher risk to develop these conditions, such as some types of cancer and heart disease. The Sanford Chip tests for several conditions where proper medical care can prevent symptoms from developing or decrease their impact on your life.

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Integrate Genetics with Primary Care

A Sanford provider will order this test and manage the results. The provider or a genetic counselor will work with you to make a plan for your health, including finding more effective medications and better understanding your risk for disease.

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Sanford Chip Fast Facts

Explore frequently asked questions about the Sanford Chip DNA test.

Medically Actionable Predispositions

Variations occur in our genes. Most don’t affect health, but some increase disease risk. There may be steps to take to keep these conditions from developing or decrease the impact they have on your life.

Risks, Concerns & Benefits

Understand how the Sanford Chip test can impact you and how the results may be used by your primary care provider to build a personalized plan for your health care.

Genetic Testing Free for Veterans

To thank you for your service to our country, Sanford Health patients who are current or past U.S. military service members are invited to complete Sanford Chip testing for free. This offer is made possible through a generous donation by philanthropist Denny Sanford. For additional information, call (888) 424-2332.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Sanford Chip

Why should I complete genetic testing at Sanford Health?

The information from the Sanford Chip test may help your doctor find the right dose for a medication. It is also possible for the test to identify a risk for disease which could lead to a need for additional screening test such as a breast MRI. As medical knowledge grows and new discoveries are made, you will be given the option to learn more about the genetic contribution to your health. At Sanford, the information from the Sanford Chip test is integrated into your electronic medical record, and your provider is able to review the results before making a recommendation.

Will insurance cover this test?

The cost for this test is $49.  This is not billed to insurance.

What is the consenting process for the Sanford Chip test?

Patients consent to the Sanford Chip test using an electronic consent form which can be completed from home. The consent incorporates education regarding the test and offers patients the opportunity to request help if additional explanation is needed.

Do I need a My Sanford Chart account to participate?

Yes, a My Sanford Chart account is required.

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Do I have to participate in all areas of the Sanford Chip test?

No. All patients who consent to testing will receive pharmacogenomic results. During the consenting process, you have the option to decline the part of the test which assesses your risk for medical predispositions.

Could my results from genetic testing affect my insurance coverage or employment?

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) is a federal law that protects individuals from employment discrimination and prohibits health insurance companies from using genetic information to influence premium costs. GINA does not regulate life, disability or long-term care insurance. Additional information is available within the consenting form.

What is the turn-around time for results after the blood draw?

Results will be returned in several weeks based on volume.

What kind of follow-up will I receive once my results arrive?

If your Sanford Chip test indicates that you have a positive disease predisposition, you will be referred to a genetics specialist for further analysis and next steps. If you are found to have genetic changes which affect your body’s ability to process certain medications, this information will be stored in your medical record and will be available when a provider prescribes medication affected by your test.

For more information, speak with your Sanford Health doctor or call (888) 424-2332.

Where will my genetic test results go?

Your privacy is very important to us. The results of your genetic screening will be returned to your primary care doctor and held securely within your Sanford Health medical record. We will not sell your data to a third-party organization or use it for health-related research without your consent.

How do you ensure the safety of my genetic materials and reports?

Sanford Health has data security processes in place through HIPAA to safeguard medical information to prevent unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, inspection, recording or destruction of information.

Can I use flex or HSA money from my health insurance to cover this test?

Yes, as of fall 2019, you are able to apply your flexible spending or Health Savings Account (HSA) from most health insurance providers to pay for the Sanford Chip DNA test. Please consult with your specific insurance carrier for details.

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