Published on September 03, 2017

Holzer Collaborates with The Ohio State University for Tele-Hepatology Care

Holzer Health System, in conjunction with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, now offers patients a state of the art option for traditional Hepatology care. Holzer Gallipolis is offering care to patients via telemedicine; utilizing advanced robotic equipment to connect with Dr. James Hanji, Director of Hepatology, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  Hepatology is the branch of medicine that includes the study of liver, gallbladder, biliary tree, and pancreas as well as management of their disorders. Telemedicine provides patients access to care from medical specialists from far reaching areas, when that specialty is otherwise not offered in the patients’ area. Patients experience a 15-30 minute appointment with a specialist using a specially-designed computer. This computer is equipped with a camera and audio technology allowing for real-time conversation between the specialist and patient. Patients diagnosed with disorders of the liver or conditions affecting the liver can now be seen and treated at Holzer under the supervision of Dr. Hanji. 

Megan Lunsford, FNP, Internal Medicine, Holzer Health System, facilitates all tele-hepatology appointments with patients. Lunsford examines patients prior to Dr. Hanji’s arrival to the appointment through telemedicine. She also introduces the equipment to the patient and answers any questions. Dr. Hanji determines a plan of care for each patient following his assessment and after speaking with the patient and clinician. Dr. Hanji explains the care plan to both the patient and clinician during each visit, ensuring clear communication for patient care. The patients’ primary care provider is informed of any recommendations for any necessary testing following the telemedicine appointment.    

Holzer strives to provide excellent care to all patients. By offering tele-hepatology visits on-site in Gallipolis, patients now have access to medical specialists without having to travel far from home. 

To qualify for tele-hepatology at Holzer, patients must have a clear diagnosis and be referred by their primary care physician. Insurance pre-certification for this service is necessary.          

Holzer is a multi-discipline health care system of over 160 Board Certified Physicians providing care in more than 30 areas of expertise in clinical locations throughout southeastern Ohio and western West Virginia. For a complete list of services, call 1-855-4-HOLZER or visit us on the web at www.holzer.org.

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