A digital health solution created with the support of Kidney Care UK has been heralded in the top British Digital Health Companies and could help revolutionise how chronic kidney disease (CKD) is managed globally.
MyRenalCare was created by Dr Nicholas Sangala, a Renal Consultant at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, who is passionate about improving the lives of his patients. This week, MyRenalCare features in the Department of International Trade UK Digital Health Playbook 2023.
MyRenalCare revolutionises how chronic kidney disease is managed by educating, engaging and empowering patients to better self-manage their condition with the support of their clinical team. It does this by providing patients unique animated education videos, enables them to self-monitor their condition against personalised goals and proactively contact their clinical team if they feel unwell. In parallel, their clinical team can access this data remotely and conduct 100% virtual consultations.
MyRenalCare is the only digital health solution globally that caters for all stages of chronic kidney disease, all types of renal replacement therapy and transplant.
Dr Sangala commented: “I'm hugely grateful to the patients and clinicians who have collaborated with us on this journey, their ongoing involvement is critical in ensuring MyRenalCare is truly a user first and valuable solution.”
Laurie Cuthbert, Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications at Kidney Care UK, said: “When you are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, you’re faced with the knowledge that for a very long time into the future you will need to have regular medical appointments and check-ups. That can be really hard to fit in around day to day life. This has been particularly challenging during the pandemic as many kidney patients have been worried about infection risk when attending hospital appointments. It has been incredible to see patients using MyRenalCare to understand their condition more and really engage in their care, so we’re delighted that MyRenalCare has been recognised in this way.”
Alison Shopland, who has been using MyRenalCare, commented: “Ever since I was a teenager, I have always had a degree of health anxiety. I was diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis in late 2019 and when I used to have blood tests, I’d spend the week feeling sick and worried. The app takes all that worry out. It’s great because you feel like you’re involved in your treatment and your care plan. I can keep track of things myself and it’s really reassuring to have that direct access to my doctor. The app has been mentally good for me, as well as physically good for me, and it’s encouraging to see things improving.”
MyRenalCare app access for Wessex patients
MyRenalCare is actively inviting more patients in Wessex to use the platform with the support of an NHS X grant and financial assistance from the UK’s leading kidney patient support charity, Kidney Care UK. To find out more you can visit the MyRenalCare website.
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