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How Telehealth Supports Hepatology

Hepatology is a specialization that is focused on diagnosing and treating ailments of the liver and associated areas, including the pancreas and gallbladder. The liver is an important organ that has multiple responsibilities in a patient’s body. This includes essential functions such as digestion, supporting metabolism, the storing and processing of fat-soluble vitamins, and the filtering of toxins. Over time, many aspects of life can negatively affect and damage the liver, particularly alcoholism, drug abuse, and diseases like hepatitis.  

In a 2020 paper published by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, it is stated that the current number of hepatologists are unable to meet the demands of patients nationwide that are suffering from liver disease. For those who suffer from cirrhosis-related complications, approximately only half of acute care hospitalizations can get inpatient specialty care.  Telehealth provides an opportunity to provide greater access to specialty care. This is helpful as the majority of those who aren’t able to receive proper care, live in rural and less densely populated areas where there may be general practitioners, but specialists are a rarity.    

With the widespread availability of mobile devices these days, particularly in the United States, telehealth is a cheap, viable, and easy to use option to provide much needed non-emergency care. The current growth of telehealth service usage can also be attributed to the ongoing pandemic and social distancing restrictions. One of the hurdles to telehealth, especially in the US, are interstate medical licensing and reimbursement restrictions which is limiting the reach that such services can achieve. Solve.Care is currently working out solutions to this interstate hurdle towards implementing Global Telehealth Exchange, as has been done for successful cross-border telehealth services being instated, particularly between India and various countries around the world. 

Global Telehealth Exchange (GTHE) is a state-of-the-art telehealth solution that encompasses many aspects of the healthcare journey. It is HIPAA-compliant, secure, and provides worldwide access to healthcare. With access to healthcare professionals globally, and the ability to securely share information, patients using GTHE will have no problems in getting the help they need from anywhere in the world. Meanwhile, healthcare providers have greater access to other specialties for referrals if the need arises. And, as many specialties require better or quicker communication channels, having easy access to full medical records, which in full control of the patient, can help healthcare providers to diagnose and advise treatment options more efficiently. General practitioners and specialists using GTHE can easily make referrals or share documentation when needed. 

GTHE offers many benefits to healthcare providers including:  

With GTHE, healthcare providers can connect with their patients seamlessly and provide a better remote standard of care. If you want to expand your medical practice without investing in expensive software, visit the GTHE website and sign up now. 

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