Computer program identifies kidney patients

Posted by pt91 at Nov 14, 2012 02:35 PM |
University of Leicester team working at Leicester's Hospitals develop new tool to benefit people at risk of chronic kidney disease


Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 14 November 2012

A team from Leicester’s Hospitals and the University of Leicester has created an innovative software tool to help GPs easily identify and monitor patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

The IMPAKT CKD tool can be used to alert and advise GPs about their patients with  kidney conditions, and help them control it effectively. This could reduce the number of patients experiencing CKD-related heart problems, requiring dialysis and transplants, and being admitted to hospital for treatment.

The web-based program can be run on any GP clinical system to identify patients who should be on the CKD register by using information such as their blood pressure and the medication they take. It then organises that information to show which patients are most at risk of developing progressive kidney disease or other complications.

GP practices can also use the tool to monitor their performance against national CKD guidelines and compare it with other practices.

Nigel Brunskill, professor of renal medicine who led the team, said: “We started with a clinical trial of 48 general practices in Northamptonshire with approximately 30,000 CKD patients. We found that not only did it help GPs correctly register CKD cases, it improved clinical knowledge of the condition and identified new patients that weren’t already being treated.”

It is estimated that up to 50% of patients with CKD are not currently on the CKD register. Professor Brunskill added: “By identifying just one high-risk patient and managing their condition appropriately, we may delay their need for a kidney transplant by up to 5 years and save £150,000 in the process.”

The IMPAKT CKD tool, which has earned Professor Brunskill and his team runner-up position in the Medipex 2012 Innovation Award GP & Primary Care category, has since been deployed in Manchester, Birmingham and London, among other locations. It is hoped that the tool will be used as part of a National CKD audit in the near future.

The work was funded by CLAHRC-LNR, an organisation dedicated to removing any barriers that might prevent putting research into practice by bringing together local NHS trusts and universities.


For more information about Leicester’s Hospitals:

Contact Laura Dennis, senior communications officer, at or 0116 258 8644.

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