A newly launched mobile phone application will be able to detect kidney condition in patients. Staff at hospitals is describing this technology as a potential lifesaver that is able to provide diagnosis in minutes instead of hours.
The technology firm DeepMind is behind the development of the mobile app Streams, that the Royal Free Hospital came up with. The app sends results straight to front-line clinicians in the form of easy-to-read results and graphs.
One of the blood tests looks for high levels of a waste product called creatinine, which is normally filtered out by the kidneys. Other blood markers information is also available quickly through the applications that helps the specialists in treating the patients.
Alphabet owns DeepMind and the app has the same parent company as Google.
Mary Emerson, lead nurse specialist at the Royal Free, told the BBC the system had made a big difference to her job.
“It’s a huge change to be able to receive alerts about patients anywhere in the hospital,” she said. “Healthcare is mobile and real time, and this is the first device that has enabled me to see results in a mobile real-time way.” She said it was the first system that “fits with the way we work.”
University College London evaluated data from 12,000 alerts on acute kidney injury using the new system. The findings were published in the journal Nature Digital medicine and it was found that it can recognise acute kidney injury rapidly.
Consultant Dr. Sally Hamour, a kidney specialist at the Royal Free, said the project was “potentially lifesaving.”
“We need to gather a lot more information about this technology and we need to look at it over a longer time frame,” she said.
“But it is certainly the case that some patients are very unwell, information comes to the correct team very quickly, and then we can put measures in place to try to make that patient safe and reverse the impact on their kidney function.”
Source: BBC News