Videoconferences helping Indiana doctors treat hepatitis

Indiana health officials have started a videoconferencing program for specialists to discuss the treatment of a growing number of hepatitis C cases with primary care doctors in rural areas.

Posted: Feb 10, 2018 10:17 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana health officials have started a videoconferencing program for specialists to discuss the treatment of a growing number of hepatitis C cases with primary care doctors in rural areas.

Outbreaks of the often-deadly liver disease linked to intravenous drug use have grown with the national opioid crisis. State health department chief medical officer Joan Duwve tells the Indianapolis Business Journal that patients in rural areas sometimes aren't treated because they can't travel to see a specialist.

A partnership of Indiana University, the state health department and the company MedIQ is offering the video clinics twice a month. Similar clinics are used in at least 38 other states.

Indiana health officials say the state's number of acute hepatitis C cases jumped from 28 in 2010 to 130 in 2015.

Information from: Indianapolis Business Journal, http://www.ibj.com

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Article Comments

Terre Haute
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 72°
Robinson
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 70°
Indianapolis
Broken Clouds
67° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 67°
Rockville
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 72°
Casey
Few Clouds
71° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 71°
Brazil
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 72°
Marshall
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 72°
Becoming Clear
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

Latest Video

Image

Monday Late Forecast

Image

Fighting hunger in Brazil

Image

Hey Kevin with Cathy

Image

Around 100 kids get in on bounce house fun at Deming Park

Image

Teachers hit the classroom for sustainable energy summer camp

Image

Students take advantage of Vigo County summer learning program

Image

What is Ribbon Lightning?

Image

Do we have another rainy week ahead?

Image

Group works to raise awareness as one in 11 struggle with PTSD

Image

Kids get their hands dirty in Deming Park pottery camp

WTHI Events