Innovative Technologies

to break through the barriers to hepatitis C treatment

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.

The HepCure Provider Dashboard

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.

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Through the use of the dashboard and patient app, providers can:

  • Track data over time and organize patients by common characteristics.
  • Coordinate efficient care that improves health outcomes.
  • Identify patients who are due for preventive visits and screenings and monitor symptoms, side effects as well as exchange labs through the patient app.
  • Monitor a patient’s progress through each phase of treatment with built in access to social and behavioral health assessments.
  • Improve overall quality of care and enable access anytime, anywhere.
  • Access clinical decision-support algorithms, updates as new medications and regimens become available.

Upcoming Features

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:

  • Integrate HepCure into electronic medical record systems
  • Allow for providers to assign cases to a local specialist
  • Have suggestions or feedback? Share it with us!

HepCure Patient App

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.

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HepCure Live Webinars

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

Next Webinar

UPCOMING: Treatment of HCV in Patients with End-Stage Organ Disease and Other Populations

Please join us on Tuesday, November 19th for a presentation by Dr. Ayse Aytaman of VA New York Harbor HCS Brooklyn. Dr. Aytaman will present on:

“Treatment of HCV in Patients with End-Stage Organ Disease and Other Populations”

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review special treatment considerations for select patients.
    • Advanced liver disease
    • Post-liver transplant
    • Renal disease
    • HCC/HCV
    • Acute hepatitis C
  2. Discuss treatment options for Childs-Turcotte-Pugh Classification based on AASLD/IDSA guidelines.
  3. Discuss the impact of DAAs on patients with End-Stage Liver disease and MELD scoring

Presenters Bio:

Dr. Ayse Aytaman earned her medical degree from the University of Vienna, where she studied with a full scholarship from the Austrian Ministry of Education. After her residency and fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, she joined the faculty at VA New York Harbor HCS in Brooklyn. She created the first multidisciplinary viral hepatitis team in 1999 with inclusion of pharmD and liver psychology in the VA system. In 2012, with a grant from VA Public Health, she established the first multi-facility and multidisciplinary, VISN-wide hepatocellular carcinoma team and SCAN ECHO liver cancer tumor board in the nation, utilizing heavily telehealth/virtual telemedicine technology.

Additionally, Dr. Aytaman and her team has been organizing the yearly VA national liver cancer summits since 2012.

Dr. Aytaman’s clinical research interest areas are epidemiology and outcomes research in advanced liver diseases, hepatocellular carcinoma, system-based performance improvement in chronic and advanced liver diseases and pre- and post-transplant hepatitis C therapy.

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Last Webinar

Monitoring Before, During, and After Treatment

On Tuesday, November 12th Dr. Lisa Ganjhu of NYU Langone School of Medicine presented on:

“Monitoring Before, During, and After Treatment”

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the appropriate evaluation prior to initiation of DAA therapy.
  2. Discuss the process for obtaining DAA approval from payors.
  3. Recognize the appropriate monitoring on DAA therapy.
  4. Describe the appropriate monitoring following treatment with DAA therapy.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Lisa Ganjhu earned her medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at Albany Medical Center. She went on to do an advanced fellowship in Liver and Transplant Medicine at Mt Sinai Medical Center in NYC.  Dr Ganjhu is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division Gastroenterology and Hepatology at NYU Langone Health. She is an active member of the Empire Liver foundation in NYC. Besides the management viral hepatitis, her focus is a lifestyle approach to the management of NASH/NAFLD.

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Beginner Modules

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.

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Expert Modules

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.

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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.

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