Precision Medicine Press Announcement

AUSTIN, Texas /PRNewswire/ — Recently transitioning from a traditional medical practice model to a concierge practice approach, Dr. Roxana Rhodes continues to redefine customized personal health care. One of the first practices in the region to offer Precision Medicine, Dr. Rhodes’ Partners in Health integrates this new medical approach to provide comprehensive personalized care for each patient’s unique genetics, environment and lifestyle.

As science and technology evolve, and more conclusive studies emerge in support of Precision Medicine, even more patients are able to afford and benefit from incorporating genetic testing into their general health care.

“There are trillions of cells in our bodies that are defined by 3.2 billion DNA pairs, making each one of us truly unique, so we shouldn’t take a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to our health care,” said Dr. Rhodes. “With Precision Medicine, we are now able to use advanced, scientifically-proven sequencing techniques that provide clear personalized results with actionable information.”

Read the full press release here

 

Precision Medicine Information Sessions

We are launching our Precision Genomic Medicine program in May!

Precision Medicine is a new medical approach where doctors tailor care to each patient’s unique genetic makeup, environment, and lifestyle. Precision Medicine and its heavy focus on human genetics is now integrated into my practice, which gives us important tools to prevent, diagnose, and treat a wide range of diseases. I am personally very excited about bringing this approach to my patients, as I believe it represents both the present and future of healthcare.

For patients that want to understand the scientific detail behind this new approach, we will be holding two patient information sessions:

Precision Medicine Information Session #1
Thu, May 30, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
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Precision Medicine Information Session #2
Sat, June 1, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CDT
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We are now 100% Paperless!

I am very pleased to announce that our office is now 100% paperless in terms of your patient records – the picture is of our last 3 boxes of paper records being sent to the shredder. All records have been transferred to our state of the art Electronic Medical Records system, and are available to you on your patient portal. This has been an important goal of mine for some time, as Electronic records are very helpful to patient care:

  • Your records are available to me and your other medical providers 24×7. If an emergency comes up, I can quickly coordinate your care with the hospital and any specialists.
  • The records are also available to you the patient to access at your convenience – and you can alert me if anything is missing or incorrect.
  • Your records are backed up to secure cloud storage and are safe in the event of fire or some other problem at our office.

Thank you to my staff member Suzanne who was instrumental in getting the project completed.

Happy Doctor’s Day!

Happy Doctor’s Day to my fellow physicians!

To honor the day, here is one of my favorite quotes:


I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

Accessing your Patient Portal

We highly recommend that all patients use our Patient Portal. You can do the following on your portal:

  • Contact us with medical and office questions, with complete security
  • Update your contact information
  • View your medical records including test results
  • View and pay patient account balances with credit card

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If you do not have access to the portal, please contact our office and we will get you set up!

Your Family Medical History

One of the key tools we have in Precision Medicine is evaluating your family medical history. A family medical history can help us identify those of you with a higher-than-usual chance of having common disorders, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, certain cancers, and diabetes. A family history of colon cancer, for example, might indicate the need for genetic testing, which can be covered by insurance.

We have probably had conversations about your family health history when you initially signed up, or during your wellness exam. However,  taking your history at the office is not ideal because you might not remember all the details. The easiest way to get information about family medical history is to talk to relatives about their health. Have they had any medical problems, and when did they occur? A family gathering is usually an ideal time to discuss these iquestions. You might also come across some interesting family lore that you had not heard before!

I am encouraging everyone to start gathering health information about your grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, siblings, and children. Information includes:
  • Major medical conditions and causes of death
  • Age of disease onset and age at death
  • Ethnic background

We are recommending a free tool called My Family Health Portrait as the easiest way to gather your family history. You can enter your information here, and then share the information with me by using our secure patient portal.

I look forward to hearing about everyone’s history during our next visit!

Precision Medicine in Practice

I am excited to be spending the weekend at the “Precision Medicine in Practice” workshop in La Jolla, California. It was great interacting with Jeanette McCarthy and the panel of genomics experts that was put together. For those of you that may not have heard the term, Precision Medicine is a new medical approach of tailoring care to each patient’s unique genetic makeup, environment, and lifestyle. I am especially excited about the opportunity to enhance your care with these recent medical advances.
Stay tuned for more news around this during April.

My Grandfather – Dr. Raul Lopez-Guerra of Fort Worth

Many of you know that I am a fourth generation physician, and a third generation Texas physician. I recently came across this interesting article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram about my grandfather Dr. Raul Lopez-Guerra. He was really a hero of his time, and I am glad to try to follow in his footsteps, as well as the footsteps of my father Raul and mother Alicia, who were also physicians who lived in Corpus Christi, TX.

8 statues Fort Worth needs: Forgotten leaders (who happened to be minorities or women)

DR. RAÚL LÓPEZ GUERRA

Lopez Guerra (1898-1956) practiced medicine in Fort Worth for 30 years. He saw patients from across North Texas nine hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of whether they could pay. He and his musician wife, Aurelia, were active in city arts and civic groups, and spoke out against discrimination.

For the full article and video click here:

Home Health Care Kit

Many of my patients are doing virtual office visits these days. With the traffic in Austin such as it is, it can save a lot of time for minor illnesses as you will not have to visit the office. I have created an Amazon idea list of the basic items need for this. Note that the exact features and brands are not important – any medical grade version will do.

The Blood Pressure Monitor is the most important. You can use this to take your blood pressure and pulse. A good thermometer and pulse oximeter is also good. You should be able to get all three for less that $75, and you can generally get reimbursed by your FSA plan.

See this link: http://a.co/0v6QFVX

Remember we will also make house or hospital calls if you are too ill to travel – just ask.