A Major Breakthrough for Kidney Disease

RenalytixAI has developed an artificial intelligence clinical diagnostic that rates a person’s chances of getting kidney disease

Medical experts are hoping 2020 will mark a turning point in the fight against kidney disease in America, thanks to advancing technology. Currently, the U.S. spends about $100 billion annually to treat the nearly 40 million Americans suffering from chronic kidney disease who need dialysis and organ transplants. The public health crisis, exacerbated by the rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes, is now the ninth leading cause of death in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

President Donald Trump’s Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative, launched in July, was a nod that this is one area of medicine in urgent need of innovation. The new plan calls for the CDC to improve kidney disease tracking and detection nationwide. It also calls for a change in Medicare provider payment models to prioritize preventive care from doctors, develop effective home-care dialysis and find ways to boost organ supply — including encouraging the development of an artificial kidney.

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