Gia Chatbot and Genetic Testing​

Personalized care can lead to better health outcomes. One rapidly growing part of personalized care is precision medicine, which uses information about your genes, lifestyle and environment to create a disease prevention or treatment plan that more precisely fits your body's needs.

At The Christ Hospital Health Network, we believe precision medicine can provide better, more proactive healthcare. That's why we now offer Gia, a HIPAA-compliant clinical chatbot that can assess if you might benefit from genetic counseling or testing – key parts of precision medicine.

How Gia works

If you've scheduled a mammogram at The Christ Hospital, you will receive a text from Gia prior to your visit. When you follow the link in the text, you will begin a confidential Q&A conversation between you and Gia. We encourage you to complete this assessment before coming in for your appointment.

This chatbot conversation is about your family health history with certain conditions that may be caused by inherited gene mutations. The answers you give will help you and your provider learn if you are a good candidate for genetic counseling or further evaluation. This information is protected both by HIPAA as well as by the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act.

What happens after your conversation with Gia

A member of your care team will follow up with you after your appointment regarding your Gia questionnaire results.

If your answers show that your family history puts you at greater risk for disease, you will be referred to either genetic counseling or our High-Risk Cancer Screening Clinic (HRCSC) for a consultation. During a two-hour consultation in the HRCSC, you'll speak with a genetic counselor and an advanced practice provider about your options for genetic counseling, genetic testing and possible next steps to help us be more proactive with your health care.

Gia – artificial intelligence designed to assist you

A chatbot is a computer program that mimics human conversation through artificial intelligence. Developed by Invitae, Gia is named for 'her' role as your virtual Genetic Information Assistant. Through artificial intelligence, Gia will help facilitate an important conversation of our genetic history.

The confidential "conversation" you have with Gia will help you and our team learn your genetic predisposition for a disease and if you should consider genetic counseling or testing. Through her questions, you'll be able to make more informed decisions about your healthcare and your provider will be able to give you the most personalized care.

Gia is only used for certain conditions that may be caused by gene mutations passed from parent to child. This includes certain cancers, like breast cancer, ovarian cancer and colorectal cancer.

Have questions about Gia and genetic testing?

The Precision Medicine experts at our Genetic Counseling and High-Risk Cancer Screening Clinics are happy to answer your questions regarding Gia and genetic testing. To speak with one of our team members, please call 513-585-2760.

Learn more about genetic testing and the benefits of precision medicine.