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Metro South Health has commenced a pilot trial of the PD BUDDy smartphone app at Logan Hospital.
Developed in collaboration with CSIRO, PD BUDDy enables peritoneal dialysis patients to record vital health information, allowing medical staff to optimise treatment regimens.
As a home-based therapy, peritoneal dialysis requires careful monitoring. PD BUDDy guides patients through every step of their dialysis treatment by monitoring health measures, providing educational information and allowing staff to send SMS messages to the patients.
The web-portal also enables clinical care providers to view their client's progress and provide individualised care.
The app has already drawn attention from health companies both internationally and within Australia. The concept was presented in the form of a poster at the Renal Society of Australasia conference last year and won People’s choice – best poster. It was also presented at the Health Roundtable, 2017 in Brisbane and the 2017 Australia and New Zealand Society of Nephrology Congress in Darwin.
Funded by the Executive Planning and Innovation Committee, the next step is further trialling of the app in other MSH facilities.