Key clinical point: Telehealth appears to help speed evaluation and listing for those in need of a liver transplant.
Major finding: Telehealth was associated with an 85% reduction in time from referral to evaluation and a 74% reduction in time to listing.
Study details: Retrospective study of 465 patients who underwent evaluation for liver transplantation at the Richmond VA Medical Center from 2005 through 2017; nearly half evaluated via telehealth vs. in-person evaluation. Telehealth patients were evaluated faster and listed faster, though time to transplant was not significantly different.
Disclosures: Lead author Dr. Binu John serves on medical advisory boards for Gilead and Eisai and received research funding from a number of pharmaceutical manufacturers. No conflicts of interest were reported by the other authors.
Binu JV et al. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2019.12.021.