Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX), a global innovator in renal care for more than 60 years, presented data about the roles SHARESOURCE remote patient management platform and AMIA automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) system are playing in making home dialysis more efficient and supporting patient independence during the American Society of Nephrology's (ASN) annual Kidney Week, Nov. 15-20 in Chicago. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161121005336/en/
Baxter presented data about the roles SHARESOURCE remote patient management platform and AMIA automated peritoneal dialysis system are playing in making home dialysis more efficient and supporting patient independence during ASN Kidney Week. (Photo: Business Wire)Early data indicate how Baxter's SHARESOURCE telehealth platform is helping physicians recognize adverse issues early, enabling faster treatment (Abstract #PO023); and how Baxter's AMIA APD system, with voice-guided, patient-centric features, is helping a clinic significantly reduce training times by more than one day, per patient (Abstract #PO1047). In total, Baxter presented 24 abstracts across all renal modalities during Kidney Week to support scientific exchange during the meeting and increase the quality of care for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). ''Data on the use of Baxter's AMIA APD system and the SHARESOURCE telehealth platform tell us the technology is enhancing dialysis clinic efficiencies,'' said Dheerendra Kommala, M.D., vice president, Medical Affairs, Baxter. ''For the first time, physicians have more reliable visibility to their patient's home therapy, which helps them identify potential clinical and therapy adherence issues sooner so that informed decisions can be addressed more quickly.'' The Baxter SHARESOURCE platform data was discussed in a case study from the Geneva University Hospital in Geneva, Switzerland. Healthcare providers at the hospital offer SHARESOURCE with Baxter's HOMECHOICE CLARIA APD system. For one patient, the hospital initially observed no remote patient management alerts and normal PD cycle volume profiles. Then, SHARESOURCE conveyed red flag alerts of prolonged drain times for the patient, which allowed the hospital clinicians to make an early diagnosis and surgically reposition a displaced catheter. Catheter malposition and dysfunction is one of the leading causes for dropout from PD and transfer to hemodialysis (HD) 1,2. Additionally, a simulation study of twelve APD patient profiles suggests remote management of APD patients through telehealth can save approximately $22,000 in total healthcare resources (Abstract #PO483). The study identified saved healthcare resources associated with treatment non-adherence, fluid overload, missing data and other issues, enabling earlier medical intervention to help avoid complications and treatment drop-out.