For World Kidney Awareness Day the AHSN NENC is proud to highlight its work alongside South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to develop new innovations in monitoring patients living with kidney disease.
As part of an Unmet Need call through the AHSN, Dr Jonathan Murray, Consultant Nephrologist at South Tees Hospitals, has undertaken a service evaluation in collaboration with the company GraftWorx, using a monitoring patch for patients undergoing dialysis. The non-invasive wearable device, which has been developed by GraftWorx, is able to monitor and collect data on patient blood flow, fluid status and electrolytes.
Data collected during the service evaluation improved GraftWorx’s ability to track blood pressure and alert clinicians to critical electrolyte levels.
Dr Jonathan Murray said:
“The range of assessments that we are planning with GraftWorx is based upon the premise that remotely and continuously capturing early clinical signals will enable our clinical teams to more promptly identify potential problems. Ultimately we are keen to evaluate if digital health enabled data will improve efficiency and effectiveness of patient care and thereby optimise our care pathways.”
Building upon a programme of AHSN NENC supported work, a further service evaluation with GraftWorx is underway as an extension of the wider Self Testing Own Kidneys (STOK) Study with the Renal Unit at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
Watch our video to discover how the AHSN has helped with the service evaluation of the GraftWorx patch.