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Artificial Intelligence Medical Device for Kidney Dialysis Wins Major State Funding Award

By December 09, 2019May 1st, 2021No Comments

The future for millions of people with kidney failure got brighter this weekend following the announcement of major state funding for the development of an artificial intelligence medical device which will enable patients requiring dialysis to be better managed in their own home. With little innovation in dialysis treatment in the last 50 years, this technology is being viewed as a potential breakthrough in patient care.

The solution, which is being developed as a joint project between digital health company patientMpower, wearable technology innovators Sixty and leading research and academic institutions the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, was announced as a winner of the Irish Government’s Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF). The €2.1 millions ($2.3m) funding will enable development and eventual commercialisation of this technology over the next three years.

The solution will combine machine learning and wearable technologies to replace current methods used to determine a dialysis patient’s optimum fluid status, whilst enabling continuous monitoring of patients’ individual fluid level for the first time. Remote monitoring data will be used to provide biofeedback and trigger smart-alerts, employing technology patientMpower has already developed in the area of lung transplantation, empowering patients to self-manage and allowing healthcare teams to intervene when necessary. “This solution will be a virtual nephrologist in the patient’s home, with autonomous adjustment of the dialysis prescription combined with remote monitoring and support giving patients and physicians confidence in home dialysis” said Prof. Conall O’Seaghdha, Consultant Nephrologist and Chief Medical Officer of patientMpower.

The importance of home dialysis came into focus earlier this year when President Trump signed an Executive Order which aims to ambitiously change kidney disease treatment in the US, significantly increasing the amount of patients receiving home dialysis. Home dialysis is not only associated with better outcomes for patients, but at less than half the cost of standard clinic-based dialysis it results in significant healthcare expenditure savings. “Dialysis patients typically have poor quality of life, and the burden of dialysis on healthcare providers is huge, costing around €52 billion per year across the EU and US” explained Eamonn Costello CEO at patientMpower, the commercial lead for this project. “Despite its significant benefits, current rates of home dialysis internationally are very low, typically around 5%. Our solution will empower both patients and physicians to avail of this option, ultimately improving outcomes for patients and reducing the burden on payers.”

Work on the development programme will begin straight away, with the solution hopefully being available to patients by the end of 2022.

Pictured at the funding announcement on December 7, 2019
Left to right: Prof. Peter Conlon (Consultant Nephrologist and medical director of Beaumont Hospital); Prof. Fergal O’Brien (Director of Research at RCSI); Prof. Conall O’Seaghdha (Consultant Nephrologist & medical director of the Kidney Transplant program); Eamonn Costello (CEO patientMpower)

Weighing Scales

Get valuable health insights by using our Bluetooth connected weighing scales to monitor body weight. Measured values will be transferred directly to the patientMpower application for healthcare professionals to review in real time.

Blood Pressure Monitor

Our Bluetooth enabled blood pressure monitor accurately measures patients’ blood pressure, measured values will be transferred directly to the patientMpower application for healthcare professionals to review in real time.

Pulse Oximeter

Our Bluetooth connected pulse oximeter measures arterial oxygen saturation and heart rate. Measured values will be transferred directly to the patientMpower application for healthcare professionals to review in real time.

Spirometer

Spirobank SMART spirometer - connects to patientMpower app via Bluetooth for seamless recording of pulmonary function. Measured values will be transferred directly to healthcare professionals to review in real time. Measures:

  • Forced Vital Capacity (FVC)
  • Forced Expiratory Volume in 1st second (FEV1)
  • PEF
  • FEV1/FVC
  • FEV6
  • FEF25/75

US Reimbursement for remote monitoring 

How will you get paid? Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have reimbursement codes available for remote patient monitoring (RPM).

US Reimbursement for remote monitoring 

How will you get paid? Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have reimbursement codes available for remote patient monitoring (RPM).