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Programme News: Renal

Temple Street University Children’s Hospital has become the latest site of deployment for Kidney Disease Clinical Patient Management System and has become the 15th site in the implementation of national Renal System EmedRenal in our acute hospitals. This is a breaking new ground for the implementation of the system as this will be the first deployment for our paediatric patients with kidney dysfunction. The roll out has enabled our colleagues in Temple Street to capture all aspects of kidney care they deliver, from first presentation right through to transition to the adult services, enabling that all clinical information related to their kidney care is documented on EmedRenal. OPD appointments for Chronic Kidney Disease and Transplant patients are all managed within the new system supported by interfaces with Patient Administration System and real time laboratory results are now available at the touch of a button. A new development was incorporated in this deployment with the creation of the functionality to transmit the patients diagnosis out of EmedRenal into the Hospital’s Patient Portal.

The seamless transition from paper based processes to digitised records could not have happened without the patience and perseverance of local implementation team that included members from Nursing, Research and IT teams. With special mention to project leads Mairead Kinlough and Tara Raftery who showed great resilience and leadership throughout the implementation. Go-live was the culmination of many months of hard work and it is great to be able to share this announcement with you.

National Kidney Disease Clinical patient Management System (KDCPMS)

The Kidney Disease Clinical Patient Management System (KDCPMS) has been deployed in all Hospital Groups. It allows monitoring of activity metrics, outcomes and for a National Renal Registry, with a National Renal Health Information Specialist, under the Governance of the Renal Health Intelligence Programme Board. The system will provide a framework for performance monitoring in renal care provision, comparative clinical audit, enhanced delivery and quality of care, strategic planning and effective resource utilization.

International World Kidney Day will take place on March 12th 2020
Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere - From Prevention to Detection Equitable Access to Care.

World Kidney Day 2020

In Ireland, 400,000 people are at risk of kidney disease. It is projected to become the 5th leading cause of premature death globally by 2040. Crucially, the onset and progression of chronic kidney disease is often preventable with interventions that include early check-ups, blood pressure and blood sugar control as well as management of associated diseases e.g. heart disease.

In 2019, there were 301,548 haemodialysis treatments recorded nationally in Ireland across 24 Haemodialysis facilities with a further 87,831 dialysis treatments carried out by patients in their own homes. 153 people successfully received a kidney transplant in 2019 adding to the total of 2625 people living with a successful kidney transplant.

Further information is available at: http://www.worldkidneyday.org/

Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division