AI Could Improve Care for Kidney Failure Patients

by Iswarya on  November 9, 2019 at 12:02 PM News on IT in Healthcare
RSS Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

Machine learning technology, a form of artificial intelligence, may help improve care for patients with kidney failure, reports a new study. The findings of the study are presented at ASN Kidney Week 2019.
AI Could Improve Care for Kidney Failure Patients
AI Could Improve Care for Kidney Failure Patients

For the study, Ollie Fielding (pulseData, in New York) and his colleagues deployed a machine learning model to identify patients at risk of requiring kidney replacement therapy, such as dialysis or kidney transplantation.

Show Full Article


An electronic health record database of 110,998 patients was used to create a machine learning model to predict progression to kidney failure. The system calculates weekly risk scores for patients, and for those with high-risk scores, an alert is sent so that treatment discussions can be made by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians.

Since the deployment of the machine learning model, 54% of patients started dialysis under optimal conditions. This is almost 3-times the national average of 20% and 14% better than the 47.3% rate prior to use of the machine learning model.

"Using artificial intelligence can help you focus care efforts on the right patients at the right time, but the human effort and clinical care delivery experts are required to improve outcomes for patients truly. Predictive analytics applied on a large scale can augment a highly focused care team," said Fielding.

"There is huge potential to change the healthcare dynamic by providing care before bad events rather than after. The possibility to shape the delivery of kidney care is tremendously exciting."

Source: Eurekalert

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

Recommended Reading

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Premium Membership Benefits

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

News Category

News Archive