An innovative project of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, HepCure is improving provider knowledge & patient engagement for chronic disease management in persons infected with the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). The toolkit is designed to address barriers for the effective care and treatment of HCV by providing web-based and smartphone enabled resources, navigation, consultation, and support for both patients and providers. The HepCure toolkit draws upon the experience of expert providers within the Mount Sinai Network, with support and development by Sinai AppLab, Mount Sinai Medical Center. HepCure was developed by the Mount Sinai Division of Liver Diseases, Division of General Internal Medicine, and the Informatics for Research, Outcomes, and Quality initiative in the Division of Gastroenterology.
HepCure is a secure, cloud-based provider portal meant to virtually navigate providers through hepatitis C virus (HCV) care. The HepCure dashboard integrates tools to more effectively manage HCV infected patients. A flexible, scalable platform, the HepCure Dashboard provides a seamless flow of information within a digital healthcare infrastructure. HepCure enables easy access to HCV resources and best-practices for optimal management of HCV patients with the opportunity to engage patients on treatment, while improving overall health outcomes. The platform serves as an organizational tool, with built-in workflow efficiencies that optimize treatment decisions, reduce redundancies, as well as promote provider training and development.
Through the use of the dashboard and patient app, providers can:
We at HepCure are always looking for ways to improve. That’s why we’re constantly working on new features and meeting new challenges! Here are just a few of the features we plan to explore:
The patient app is a free resource for patients with hepatitis C, which allows them to track medication adherence, symptoms, and gain access to resources. It is available to download for free on iOS (App Store) and Android (Google Play) operating systems. While the app can be used by patients independently from the dashboard, it can also be linked with the provider dashboard. Providers can push lab data to patients and track treatment adherence and symptom data input by patients in real time.
The HepCure Tele-Education Webinar Series features many diverse and salient topics in hepatitis C. Each week, the webinar series showcases different speakers who are prominent members of the hepatitis C community. Our webinars are attended by a wide audience, and include providers, patient navigators, and other health workers from around the globe. Our collaboration with the New York State Clinical Education Initiative (CEI) and Empire Liver Foundation (ELF) allows us to provide continuing education credits (CME/CNE) through attendance to our webinars on the first and last Tuesday of every month.
All webinars are held on Tuesdays from 4:30 - 5:30pm EST
On Tuesday, December 11th, Dr. Benjamin Eckhardt of NYU School of Medicine presented on: “Accessible HCV Care Intervention for People Who Use Drugs”
About Dr. Eckhardt:
Dr. Benjamin Eckhardt received his MD degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Internal Medicine training at NYU within the Primary Care Program. After completing residency, he worked in Rwanda for Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima with a clinical appointment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He returned to New York to complete his fellowship training in Infectious Diseases at Weill Cornell Medical College while concurrently receiving a MS in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research. He joined the faculty at NYU/Bellevue in 2016 with a clinical focus in HIV and hepatitis management.
Benjamin’s research interests focus on evaluating models of care to facilitate access, engagement, and retention of active injection drug users in HCV treatment and care.
On Tuesday, December 4th, Dr. Leah Burke of Yale School of Medicine/Yale-New Haven Hospital presented on: “Drug-Drug Interactions Seen in Treatment for Hepatitis C”
1. Discuss recent developments in the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV).
2. Review clinically important effects, contraindications, and drug-drug interactions associated with medications used in the treatment of HCV.
3. Devise strategies for managing drug interactions with HCV therapies.
Dr. Leah Burke is an Assistant Professor at Yale School of Medicine/Yale-New Haven Hospital and Adjunct Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is an Investigator with the Cornell HIV Clinical Trials Unit, the national AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), and The Rockefeller University. Her research focuses on clinical trials, aimed at improving the management of HIV and hepatitis C infections. Her interests involve HIV adherence, the use of monoclonal antibody therapy to treat or prevent HIV infection, and the efficacy of new treatment regimens for hepatitis C infection.
Disclosures: Dr. Burke received funding from Health 2.0 in conjunction with AdhereTech to study their wireless smart fill bottle technology for medication adherence.
Access the slides here
These learning modules are intended for clinicians of all backgrounds who may encounter or treat patients with hepatitis C and would like to establish core competencies in screening & diagnosis, evaluation and management of the disease. Content includes screening and linkage to care, initial evaluation, diagnosis and recognition of clinical manifestations. These modules were originally presented as a component of the HepCure Tele-Education Webinar Series.
These learning modules are intended for clinicians who have experience treating patients with hepatitis C and would like to further their knowledge. These modules were originally presented as a component of the HepCure Tele-Education Webinar Series.
Psychosocial Readiness Evaluation and Preparation for Hepatitis C Treatment
THe Psychosocial Readiness Evaluation and Preparation for Hepatitis C Treatment (PREP-C) is a free interactive online tool that enables you to provide a thorough assessment of a patient’s psychosocial readiness to begin Hepatitis C treatment, and make a treatment plan to improve treatment readiness.
This free online tool can be used by any type of professional involved in preparing a patient for Hepatitis C Treatment including medical providers, nurses, mental health, substance use, social work, pharmacy, case management, treatment adherence and health education specialists.