Oct 23, 2018 | Updated: 04:34 PM EDT

Experts In Boston Saved 66 Patients With Hepatitis C Virus: Here’s How Doctors Attained Success

May 10, 2017 05:59 AM EDT

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Last month, a data regarding the death toll on the Hepatitis-affected patients showed that mortality has been rising despite the availability of vaccine and cure for the said disease. To prevent the continuous pile-up of deaths, doctors are upgrading their methodology and treatment for patients. With this development, experts in Boston saved 66 patients with Hepatitis C virus using a more improved and more advanced process.

Using a new model called the patient-centered medical home, or PCMH, a fifth of the patients enrolled in the program was salvaged out of the disease. This PCMH is a model of primary care that involves "comprehensive, team-based and coordinated care," according to a report from Science News Line. Experts in Boston saved 66 patients with Hepatitis C virus as the new paradigm became a big game-changer for doctors and patients.

Last April, IP-Watch revealed that the Hepatitis-related mortality has touched a high of 1.34 million deaths in 2015, with Hepatitis B and C viruses causing 96 percent of the figures tallied by the World Health Organization. As part of the attempt to eliminate viral hepatitis in 2030, doctors from the Boston Medical Center used the PCMH model so that physicians can focus on intensive HCV care and develop HCV treatment.

In this PCMH model that helped experts in Boston saved 66 patients with Hepatitis C virus, those affected were placed under newer oral medications spearheaded by a 'multidisciplinary team,' which includes a health worker, a pharmacy technician, and a pharmacist. Together they worked in primary care settings including improving individual health, health education and medication, providing adherence and monitoring.

Doctor Karen Lasser, who served as the head of the program that steered experts in Boston to save 66 patients with Hepatitis C virus, stressed that this model produces impressive results in curing HCV patients. She said that this model is used by their general internists but this similar program can also be utilized by family medicine physicians to treat the disease.

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