News | Breast Imaging | July 29, 2021

Collaboration expands access to genetic testing and risk assessment capabilities available through Volpara's breast health platform

Volpara Health, a global health technology software leader providing an integrated breast care platform for the delivery of personalized breast care, has signed an agreement with Invitae Corporation, a leader in medical genetics, to bring Invitae's genetic testing services to Volpara's customers in the United States. 

July 29, 2021 — Volpara Health, a global health technology software leader providing an integrated breast care platform for the delivery of personalized breast care, has signed an agreement with Invitae Corporation, a leader in medical genetics, to bring Invitae's genetic testing services to Volpara's customers in the United States. 

Volpara's United States customers will gain access to Invitae's comprehensive genetic testing services within Volpara's software workflow. Volpara plans to create an integrated ordering process for Invitae genetic testing services within its suite of products to provide women with additional access to comprehensive genetic testing services through a variety of clinical settings. 

Customers can utilize Volpara's market-leading breast cancer risk assessment software to confidently make informed decisions for triaging patients to supplemental imaging and/or genetic testing based on their personalized risk. Risk assessment is also required by insurance companies in the United States to justify reimbursement for additional testing. Along with supplemental screening, such as ultrasound and MRI, genetic testing assists in earlier cancer detection and is critical in reducing treatment costs and increasing the chances of survival. 

"Volpara continues to be proud of its major role in improving access to genetic testing and risk assessment critical to drive adoption of personalized breast screening in the United States. Our relationship with Invitae adds a prominent lab to the genetic services available through our breast health platform and will allow us to offer increased value to customers by ensuring that the right patients get seamless access to the right genetic testing at the right time," said Ralph Highnam, M.D., Group CEO of Volpara.

"While the value of genetic information in cancer care is well established, the ability to combine genetics with breast density and other forms of risk assessment to guide patient care remains underutilized," said Robert Nussbaum, M.D., chief medical officer of Invitae. "In working with Volpara, we want to make it easier for clinicians and oncologists to access genetic testing services to ensure that their patients have comprehensive and personalized medical information to better inform their healthcare decisions.

For more information: www.volparahealth.com

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