Designed specifically for genetic counselors and clinical staff for use in the clinic, Proband captures a patient’s genetic pedigree during the clinical encounter.



How it Works…


  • Enables rapid drawing using simple gestures using the iPad’s multi-touch interface
  • Depicts all family relationships: parents, siblings, twins, half-siblings, donors, and surrogates
  • Encodes phenotypes and diagnoses using standard healthcare vocabularies (ICD-9/10, HPO), and free text
  • Stores information in a structured format for use by other software, computing systems, and clinical decision support algorithms

What People are Saying…

I have been using Proband since the app was first developed, and I think it is by far the best pedigree tool available. Proband is my favorite pedigree app because it not only creates clean and easy-to-read pedigrees, it also captures everything I want to document in a pedigree. I haven’t found any other pedigree app that allows me to customize pedigrees in the ways that Proband does, including the ability to document same sex couples, sperm/egg donors, specifying whether someone is childless by choice vs. infertility, etc. It didn’t take long for me to become comfortable using the iPad to create the pedigree, and many people (patients and other providers) have commented on how fast I am when using the app! Proband is easy to use and is definitely faster than drawing out a pedigree by hand, not to mention the pedigrees come out much neater and more legible. It’s easy to export the pedigree file and then copy and paste the Proband pedigree right into the patient’s clinic note from their appointment, making the family history readily accessible and avoiding the need to hunt around the medical record for a pedigree that was scanned in. I highly recommend Proband to anyone looking for a great pedigree app! “

Elizabeth Krieg, M.S., C.G.C.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital


“As a clinical genetic counselor, I take a family history for nearly every family I work with. I started using Proband about 2 years ago – and have no plans to stop anytime soon! Using Proband allows me to make an electronic pedigree quickly, neatly, and with standard nomenclature, all while talking face to face. In my experience, families really like it, and in some cases, they ask me to send them a copy for their own records! Another great perk of an electronic pedigree is that if new information becomes available, I can easily edit the pedigree to reflect these changes. Once my pedigree is complete, it can easily be shared with other clinicians caring for the family and can be scanned into the electronic medical record. And let’s be honest – having a pedigree on my iPad means one less piece of paper for me to keep track of or to clear off my desk! “

Sara Reichert, MS MPH LCGC CPH
Genetic Counselor
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota


“Using Proband has made my pedigree taking much simpler.  I can rearrange the pedigree while I am taking it to make even the most complicated families fit nicely on the page. In follow-up, Proband makes updating a family tree much more efficient. Additionally, we now include the picture of the pedigree in the clinic note rather than having to type up the family history portion; this saves time and allows other providers to quickly assess the family tree.”

Lauren Grote, MS, CGC
Certified Genetic Counselor
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, MO


“It is what I have been looking for–in terms of an intuitive, easy to use app for pedigree drawing.

Fuki Marie Hisama MD
Associate Professor and UW Genetic Medicine Clinic Director
Program Director, Medical Genetics Residency
Dept of Medicine, Division of Medical Genetics, Univ Washington


“I really like the app. It is highly friendly compared to the previous apps I used. I have recommended it to my colleagues in my institute. I had no problems in using it and constructing the pedigree … I really appreciate your great work. I am so happy to have such app to use it in the clinic.”

Iman Abumansour, MBBS
Medical genetic resident PGY4
Medical genetic and biochemical department
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada