March is National Kidney Month; its observation focuses attention on and helps raise awareness about chronic kidney disease (CKD), a condition that affects one in every 10 adults (age 20 or older) in the United States, as well as a significant number of people who suffer from end-stage renal disease and need dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Kidney disease develops when kidneys lose their ability to remove waste and maintain fluid and chemical balances in the body. The severity of CKD depends on how well the kidneys filter wastes from the blood. It can progress quickly or take many years to develop.
Because there are few to no signs of the condition, most people are not even aware they have kidney disease until it reaches the later stages, including kidney failure.
DaVita Healthcare Partners is the country’s premiere provider of medical services for kidney disease. DaVita is focused on setting worldwide standards for clinical, social and operational practices in kidney care.
Their mission is to raise awareness of chronic kidney disease, as well as to provide industry-leading, no-cost diet and health-management resources to people diagnosed with CKD. DaVita provides a patient portal that offers many tools to help people stay off dialysis as long as possible and to improve access to treatment and quality of life for those who do need dialysis.
In 2014, DaVita provided dialysis services to approximately 180,000 patients at more than 2,000 dialysis centers in the United States and abroad.
I am proud that Cureatr was selected by DaVita to help them in their management of chronic kidney disease. They will use our Care Transition Notifications™ (CTN) to aggregate a steady digital stream of patient care transition events, such as missed treatments or emergency room visits, in key regions for their kidney treatment centers. DaVita clinicians can then trigger a real-time push notification to the care-manager via Cureatr’s mobile or desktop applications.
DaVita HealthCare Partners is our largest customer, to date, to implement CTNs to help them treat and care for their chronically ill patients. In addition, DaVita will deploy Cureatr’s secure messaging as well as our dynamic collaborative workflow engine, allowing their clinicians to collaborate in real time on patient status and milestones in their care streams. DaVita HealthCare Partners centers and physician groups will be able to track and deliver improved efficiencies in the coordination of a large population of shared patients.
We are very pleased and honored that our technology will be woven into their operations and play a role in DaVita’s mission to care for patients with CKD.
To learn more about kidney-related diseases, please visit the National Kidney Foundation’s website.
Joe is Cureatr’s Founder and CEO. He is responsible for driving the company’s mission and vision. Prior to founding Cureatr, he worked as a physician at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Joe has conducted extensive research in informatics, specifically in healthcare data loss prevention and clinical decision support, which led him to found Inomaly in 2007. Before founding Inomaly, Joseph founded Unwired, taking the company from startup to being awarded a government contract to build a regional wireless broadband network in the Netherlands. Joseph holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and an M.D. from Columbia University. When Joe isn’t busy running Cureatr, he can be found in cafes being a coffee aficionado.