New App Helps Kidney Disease Patients Self-Manage Eating Habits, Acitivity, and Medications

By ASN Staff

“A new app to help individuals with kidney disease track daily eating habits, daily activities, medications and efforts to self-manage their disease is being tested”.

With development lead by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Association of Kidney Patients, and the American Society of Nephrology, the app is in “beta phase testing” but will eventually be released to veterans, as well as the general public.

Involvement of the VA was important to the app’s development as “the agency is looking for ways to engage patients and has the ability to encourage use of the app across large parts of the healthcare system. The VA and associations talked to their constituencies about tools they wanted to manage the disease, and respondents primarily indicated they wanted apps for that purpose”.

Paul Conway, the president of the American Association of Kidney Patients has led the charge for development of the app since February 2017 and believes that “’[i]f you give the knowledge to patients, they will use it and manage themselves. The app helps them learn the important of smart eating and activity levels… [s]uccess will mean patients are more engaged and demanding more information, and this app does it’”.

For more information please read the full article on Health Data Management.

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“A new app to help individuals with kidney disease track daily eating habits, daily activities, medications and efforts to self-manage their disease is being tested”.

With development lead by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Association of Kidney Patients, and the American Society of Nephrology, the app is in “beta phase testing” but will eventually be released to veterans, as well as the general public.

Involvement of the VA was important to the app’s development as “the agency is looking for ways to engage patients and has the ability to encourage use of the app across large parts of the healthcare system. The VA and associations talked to their constituencies about tools they wanted to manage the disease, and respondents primarily indicated they wanted apps for that purpose”.

Paul Conway, the president of the American Association of Kidney Patients has led the charge for development of the app since February 2017 and believes that “’[i]f you give the knowledge to patients, they will use it and manage themselves. The app helps them learn the important of smart eating and activity levels… [s]uccess will mean patients are more engaged and demanding more information, and this app does it’”.

For more information please read the full article on Health Data Management.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018