EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Feb. 12 DaVita Inc., aleading provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with chronickidney disease (CKD) and kidney failure, today announced the launch of theDaVita(R) Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) Calculator for the Apple iPhone andiPod Touch. Available in over 50 countries in language specific versions forEnglish, French, Italian, Spanish and German, the DaVita GFR Calculator foriPhone measures kidney function by calculating a patient's age, serumcreatinine level, gender and race. The GFR Calculator and this new iPhoneapplication is one of the many tools available at DaVita.com.
Glomerular filtration rate is considered by nephrologists and other kidneycare professionals to be the best measure of kidney function. Knowingsomeone's GFR lets a physician figure out the person's stage of kidney diseaseto help plan their treatment. There are five stages of chronic kidney disease.Stages 4 and 5 are the late stages of chronic kidney disease. Stage 5 chronickidney disease indicates a patient's kidneys are no longer functioning anddialysis or a kidney transplant are necessary to maintain life.
Health care professionals, or those who want to calculate a GFR, candownload the DaVita GFR Calculator from the Apple iTunes App Store for 99cents. In addition, the application allows someone to search for anephrologist, educational websites and the toll-free DaVita phone number. Useof the DaVita GFR Calculator for iPhone or iPod Touch requires the following:Apple iPhone(TM) or iPod(TM) touch device Internet access on a Mac or PCcomputer Apple iTunes(TM) installed on a local computer(http://www.apple.com/itunes/).
Richard Grenell, Senior Vice President of Communications says, "The launchof the DaVita GFR Calculator for iPhone is just another way DaVita is shapingthe future of kidney care. In such a mobile society, a tool such as the GFRCalculator allows physicians to educate patients even before they reach kidneyfailure."
Laypersons should not rely on any information presented in this databasefor self-diagnosis or self-treatment, but should consult a physician. For moreinformation on DaVita GFR Calculator for iPhone, go tohttp://www.DaVita.com/Physicians.
DaVita.com is the premier online source for kidney disease and dialysisinformation providing educational articles and videos about chronic kidneydisease, dialysis, diet and nutrition. DaVita.com also features more than 500kidney-friendly recipes and tools including DaVita Diet Helper(TM), an onlineinteractive meal planner for kidney patients, to learn about the disease andoptimize their lives with chronic kidney disease and on dialysis.
DaVita is a registered trademark of DaVita Inc. All other trademarks arethe properties of their respective owners.
About DaVita Inc.
DaVita Inc., a FORTUNE 500(R) company, is a leading provider of kidneycare in the United States, providing dialysis services and education forpatients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVitamanages more than 1,400 outpatient facilities and acute units in more than 700hospitals located in 43 states and the District of Columbia, servingapproximately 110,000 patients. As part of DaVita's commitment to building ahealthy, caring community, DaVita develops, participates in and donates tonumerous programs dedicated to transforming communities and creating positive,sustainable change for children, families and our environment. For moreinformation about DaVita, its kidney education materials, and its communityprograms, please visit http://www.davita.com.
DaVita.com is the premier online resource for information on dialysis andchronic kidney disease. From informative articles and animated learningmodules to recipes for the renal diet and other useful tools, DaVita.comcontinues to update information to website visitors. Educational tools includeinformation on kidney function, dialysis procedures, dialysis modalities andspecial features such as the Discussion Forum, dialysis center locator,Insurance Consultation, GFR Calculator and more.
SOURCE DaVita Inc.