WALTHAM, Mass.—Fresenius Medical Care launched the KidneyTel system that provides a key link in the creation of a “medical home” for the kidney patient and will be an enabling technology for nephrologists and dialysis providers in establishing Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) for the treatment of kidney patients.
The KidneyTel system combines home telehealth monitoring device technology with an integrated care management program specifically tailored to the kidney patient. KidneyTel provides interactive daily contact and education with dialysis patients by monitoring health issues through a series of interactive questions on key health risk areas. KidneyTel also collects daily vital signs of blood pressure, weight, and blood glucose. This information is transmitted each day to the KidneyTel IT system and call center. The KidneyTel clinical team is alerted to identified health risks and trends and can determine an appropriate response with patients and their families; while coordinating with their dialysis clinic, nephrologist, and other healthcare providers. The KidneyTel system includes advanced clinical algorithms and care pathways using evidence based medicine.
“Our objective is to keep ESRD (End-Stage Renal Disease) patients healthier, out of the hospital, and at home resulting in a better quality of life for patients and reduced cost to their payers. The telehealth platform which KidneyTel utilizes has been deployed in the heart failure, diabetes and chronic disease populations over the past several years with excellent results. In addition, the technology has been a success with kidney patients over the past three years in the Fresenius Medical Care Health Plan (a Medicare Advantage CSNP), within the CMS ESRD Demonstration Project,” said Stephen McMurray, MD, medical director for the KidneyTel program and Fresenius Medical Care Health Plan.
The KidneyTel integrated care program is fully accredited by both NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance) and URAC (Utilization Review Accreditation Commission) for disease management.