Digestive diseases affect a vast number of people in the United States, 60 to 70 million people per the NIDDK and NIH. In 2010 data was compiled by the CDC and noted on the NDDIC website that 21.7 million people of the affected individuals were hospitalized due to complications of their respective digestive disease. Currently there is also a massive shortage of gastroenterologists in the state of Utah and across the Intermountain West. Fortunately, we are able to provide a gastroenterology service and resource for providers to develop and enhance the capacity to treat and manage their patients with gastroenterology conditions. The AAMC and Center for Workforce Studies completed a study that concluded that in 2012 “332 Physicians Needed Annually to Meet Increased Demand” in Utah, with gastroenterologists listed as a major component of this amplified need.
Over 40 percent of our liver failure and post-transplant recipients live more than 150 miles from the University of Utah Hospital. We create a high quality, cost effective method to provide continuing pre- and post-transplant care for these patients in their local communities. In addition, we can provide guidance for overall liver health from simple nonalcoholic fatty liver disease to steatohepatitis, or NASH.
The GI & Liver Care Tele-ECHO™ meets every Tuesday from 07:30–08:30 MST. We routinely have didactic sessions presented, which are generally posted on our calendar and made available under the video tab following the day of the presentation.
Providers are awarded one hour of Category 1 CME credit for each GI & Liver Care Tele-ECHO™ session attended.
If you are interested in learning more please contact:
Every Tuesday from 7:30 – 8:30 AM MST
Anthony (Tony) Dalpiaz, PharmD