Credits: Leontina Postelnicu
[Salford, UK] Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust is introducing a new app for patients with kidney disease, working with the Healthy.io startup.
The project, known as the Salford Royal virtual renal clinic, will enable patients to take home urine tests by using a digital kit and a smartphone camera.
The Dip.io app uses computer vision and machine learning to turn the camera into a medical device, with the results being sent electronically to clinicians in real time.
“We’re hoping this will not only make it easier for patients but, will empower them to share responsibility for their overall health,” said Dr Jim Ritchie, Consultant Kidney Physician at the trust.
Kidney Research UK estimates that the annual cost of chronic kidney disease to the NHS in England is around £1.5bn, with nearly 65,000 people being treated in the UK every year for end stage renal failure.
Healthy.io’s Katherine Ward said the partnership would ‘bring huge convenience to kidney patients’.
The partnership is part of Salford Royal’s Global Digital Exemplar programme, through which the country’s most digitally advanced acute, mental health and ambulance trusts are receiving funding to accelerate the move to becoming paperless.
Earlier this year, Healthy.io launched a clinical trial with the US National Kidney Foundation and the Geisinger health system for chronic kidney disease among patients with hypertension.