Video Conferencing Helps PCPs Improve Liver Disease Care, Survival Rates

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Providing physicians with virtual access to specialists can be lifesaving to liver disease patients. A new study finds that it boosts survival rates by 54 percent.

Story by Rosemary Clandos, M Health Lab

For patients who live in rural areas, driving to see a specialist in a large city or at a university hospital can be challenging, if not impossible.

And yet, it’s a necessity for better health: People with liver disease often require multiple visits to adjust medications or treat related complications.

“I’ve always been frustrated when I can’t help patients who live in distant areas and don’t have a car or money for transportation,” says University of Michigan gastroenterologist Grace L. Su, M.D. who is chief of gastroenterology at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

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