Noninvasive Point-of-Care Examinations for Liver Disease can Enhance Patient Engagement, Improve Outcomes
Community health centers provide coordinated primary and preventive health care services to an estimated 29 million underserved individuals across the country.1 One way that physicians at community health centers can help prevent the burden of disease is by identifying the best approaches for preventing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition characterized by different hepatic abnormalities ranging from liver steatosis to cirrhosis. Therefore, it is important to understand the connection between liver disease and cardiometabolic disorders, as well as the growing and critical need for early detection, prevention, and treatment of liver disease.
A growing number of Federally Qualified Health Care (FQHC) clinics have adopted innovative, noninvasive tools for liver health examinations at the point of care. This is important given the alarming increase in liver disease, which impacts a significant number of adult patients seeking care at FQHCs.