Baxter updates Sharesource dialysis monitoring platform

Baxter (NYSE:BAX) today announced the launch of two updates for its Sharesource remote patient monitoring platform designed to monitor home peritoneal dialysis patients including the addition of a new modeling software tool and improvements to the clinical portal. The Deerfield, Ill.-based company announced the updates at the 55th Congress of the European Renal Association and European Dialysis and Transplant Association meeting this week. Baxter said that the first of its updates introduced the new Sharesource Adequest kinetic modeling software tool designed for direct integration into the platform to allow for improved modeling regimens for nephrologists and nurses. The addition allows for the identification of peritoneal membrane characteristics, the calculation and prediction of PD adequacy measures and the creation of APD and CAPD prescriptions. The software suite’s clinical portal also received an update allowing the system to be used with Baxter’s Homechoice Claria APD system, and provides clarified data for ultrafiltration. “We designed Sharesource to help transform and simplify home renal care, so more patients can access and stay on PD longer with confidence and fewer complications. We are committed to both generating clinical evidence to support the best real-world use of the platform, and to making continual improvements to the platform to ensure optimum value for healthcare providers and patients,” renal care biz GM Laura Angelini sai...
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Source: American Journal of Kidney Diseases - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
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Source: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia - Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: J Bras Nefrol Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Med Assoc Thai Source Type: research
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Source: Clinical Drug Investigation - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
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Source: Pediatric Nephrology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Renal Nutrition - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Tags: Original Research Source Type: research
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Source: American Journal of Kidney Diseases - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
Drug store operator CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) said today it plans to expand into the dialysis market, launching a program focused on early identification of kidney disease and unveiling plans to develop a new home hemodialysis system. CVS said it will approach its entry into the dialysis market in stages, focusing on early disease identification and education, followed by the development of a home dialysis program for both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. As part of its program, the company said it will launch a pivotal trial of a new home hemodialysis system in support of planned FDA submission, though it has not ye...
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Business/Financial News Research & Development CVS Health Source Type: news
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Source: The Journal of Lipid Research - Category: Lipidology Authors: Tags: Thematic Reviews Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Nephrology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Tags: J Nephrol Source Type: research
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