12 March 2020
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An innovative digital home testing kit for patients with kidney conditions has been launched by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with Healthy.io.
The test project will, for the first time in the UK, enable a group of patients to do regular urine tests at home using their smartphone cameras and a digital testing kit.
The initiative is part of Salford Royal’s Global Digital Exemplar programme, which is driving digital maturity across the NHS. (www.salfordgde.nhs.uk)
The project, known as the ‘Salford Royal Virtual Renal Clinic’, will open with its first 50 patients this month. Using their smartphone cameras and a digital testing kit developed by Healthy.io. Patients will be able to test their urine from home, reducing the need to visit hospital for the simple test.
The urine test will deliver accurate results electronically to the doctor in real time.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) costs the NHS £1.45 billion in England alone – £1 for every £77 spent in the system according to Insight Health Economic Study for NHS Kidney Care (2012) report – making early intervention and proactive disease management essential to both improving patient outcomes and reducing cost.
“This is great news for patients with kidney conditions and we’re really excited to be the first NHS organisation to be trying out this smartphone camera testing. 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 Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.