"We were devastated," Weisgarber says, recalling the diagnosis. "It was definitely the worst time of our lives."
The program will aim to develop and evaluate next-generation genomics and informatics tools to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. It will leverage available tools and recent research in genomic technologies, computation, and data science, as well as large genomic datasets, DNA from hundreds of thousands of participants collected and stored in biobanks, and electronic health records.
People seeking information answer questions about their age, gender, medical history, and what they would tell a human doctor about their health. MedWhat takes these variables and automatically generates an answer, using information culled from legitimate medical databases like NIH and the CDC. It does not give diagnoses or treatment recommendations, but helps people understand whether they need medical attention in the first place.