Improving Chronic Kidney Disease Care


Newton, MA – Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects over 20 million people nationwide, although the disease is often under-diagnosed by primary care physicians. Diameter Health is working with physician researcher Dr. Lipika Samal of Brigham and Women’s Hospital to improve diagnosis and stage-appropriate monitoring of CKD through the development of novel health information technology. This technology utilizes interoperability standards advanced as part of Meaningful Use and the Blue Button Initiative in order to calculate the long-term risk of kidney failure for CKD patients. Since this technology utilizes the Continuity of Care Document. an XML standard for medical data, it works seamlessly with any certified electronic health record technology.

“It’s exciting to see how quickly tools can be developed that make use of the information stored in the electronic health record. The tool that we are developing could meaningfully help clinicians understand CKD risk and potentially improve referrals and patient outcomes,” stated Dr. Samal of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “We’re pleased to work on this important clinical condition and to apply our expertise to the rapid development of CKD medical apps,” expressed John D’Amore, President of Diameter Health. The results from the development, evaluation and implementation of this technology are expected to contribute generalizable knowledge and research publications on CKD and medical informatics.

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