The issue is that few people have their genetic information.
"A lot of people won't have it initially," said Plante. "They'll download the application and allow it to access other types of information. It might give them health questionnaires about their family history of disease, their health, diet and exercise. Then it might say it would be a good idea to talk to your physician about ordering this test and then that information could be uploaded to the application."
If a user's doctor, for example, thinks it's a good idea to call for a genetic test, he or she could order one.
Even without genetic information, the app can work with the data it does have.
Plante also noted that users' general and non-personal data will be stored in the cloud, though any personal data -- such as genetic information -- would be stored in one of Pathway's secured in-house databases.
Plante said there will be a free version of the app, along with a paid-for premium service.
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