New research from the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC credits a computer program with detecting sudden kidney failure in hospitalized patients. The program monitors changes in blood creatinine levels, the primary marker of acute kidney injury. If levels rise too fast, the program marks the patient’s EMR to alert the physician. After studying half a million patients in 14 UPMC hospitals, the alert system decreased acute kidney disease mortality by nearly a percentage point, and decreased rates of dialysis due to sudden kidney failure by 2.7%.
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