The National Kidney Foundation is one of the latest medical organizations to release a line of medical apps for patients and health professionals. Emory University also has a lineup of great medical apps for physicians and patients, and several other hospital systems are starting to build out their medical app portfolios with ResearchKit. The CDC’s collection of medical apps for physicians and patients is also very impressive.
The National Kidney Foundation currently has a total of eight free nephrology medical apps available for download on Apple and Android platforms. We were impressed by the overall quality of the National Kidney Foundation’s medical apps and the fact they are free.
This medical app is designed to help medical professionals estimate patient’s kidney function with the help of five eGFR calculators. The five calculators available for use are:
- CKD-EPI Creatinine 2009 Equation (Preferred method)
- MDRD Study Equation
- Cockcroft-Gault Formula
- CKD-EPI Cystatin and Creatinine 2012 Equation
- Revised Bedside Schwartz Formula (For ages 1-17)
Doctors can choose the calculator they need, fill in the information and the medical app calculates the eGFR. In addition clinicians can get additional information on GFR, CKD, risks for CKD and Kidney failure as well as how to test, evaluate and slow progression. The medical calculator is easy to use and convenient, especially when seeing patients on a daily basis. Perhaps just as important the eGFR Calculator medical app provides helpful background information that can be communicated to patient easily.
My Food Coach
This medical app was developed to emphasize the importance of a healthy diet for patients who suffer from diabetes, hypertension or chronic kidney disease (CKD). Patients who suffer from these disorders must carefully watch their diet but they can still enjoy great tasting food. My Food Coach serves a few purposes. Patents will have access to the latest kidney news, local health events and educational programs offered by the National Kidney Foundation.. Not only will the app benefit the patient and their overall health, it also provides quality information for family members as well as caregivers.
The next key feature of the app allows users to create a customized health profile. Patients can find tasty recipes, healthy restaurant choices, as well as get advice on how to lose weight if needed. Users will also have access to a registered dietitian and will get personalized advice and recommendations and more importantly a strong support system to help stay focused on their nutritional goals.