What is New in Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Telemedicine in Hepatology, is it Time to Move Forward?

Author(s): Ion Rogoveanu and Bogdan Silviu Ungureanu *

Pp: 373-386 (14)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681087870121010034


Telemedicine has been suggested as a potential alternative for specific
medical situations and has even been embedded in some countries in their medical
systems. Due to current time challenges, its involvement might be embraced more
rapidly, since medical consultations have become difficult due to the COVID-19
pandemic. Patient’s access to medical care might be hampered, thus, telemedicine
might offer new opportunities for both the medical system as well as patients.
Healthcare technology is under continuous evolution and the medical care is taking part
not only with specific therapeutic medical devices, but also with remote medical
information and monitoring. Patients suffering from chronic liver disease require
personalized management plans according to their clinical and biological disease
evolution, thus new alternatives should be considered for isolated locations. This may
help us fight new global challenges that may surface in the years to come. In this
chapter, we have discussed the current status of telemedicine and its implementation
for the various liver diseases over the years. 

Keywords: Electronic consultation, Hepatitis C, Liver disease, NAFLD, Store and forward, Telemedicine.

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