For the past 3 years, pulseData has attended the annual conference for American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week and this year was no different. This year’s meeting took place in Washington D.C. from November 7th to 10th. pulseData sent a good portion of the team to meet practicing clinicians, nephrology Twitter stars, healthcare organizations, researchers, and patients advocates to improve kidney disease care altogether.
We had opportunities to present an oral presentation and a poster presentation for our work in integrating data science, informatics, and AI/ML in partnership with The Rogosin Institute’s PEAK program.
Our session had a strong audience attendance, having generated quite the interest during the lead up to Kidney Week and continuing to do so after the meeting as well. It's been great to work with the PEAK team at the Rogosin Institute!
One of our care management focused data-driven projects was using EHR data to identify chronic kidney disease patients at risk for hyperkalemia. Hyperkalemia due to drug interactions and dietary overconsumption are potential avoidable, and proactively looking for such patients allows care management teams to education and respond earlier.
Payment models, payment models. Panel talks and discussions regarding Kidney Care Choices was everywhere. Aligning incentives to move CKD and ESRD care toward value-based, outcome-driven care is becoming a reality soon, while incentivizing better CKD care and coordination for transplants. We will cover the details KCF and CKCC this in the following weeks.
HIF inhibitors Novel, no-ESA pharmacologic therapy for anemia management in CKD and ESRD. This is exciting! Let's hope that the cost isn't as exorbitant as ESAs.
SGLT2 inhibitors. Not much need to be said.
Machine Learning pre-course was completely booked! The chairs Dr. Matthias Kretzler, Dr. Olga Troyanskaya, and Dr. Francis Perry Wilson did a fantastic job organizing an incredible line of speakers.
Following our oral presentation, we hosted an inaugural Kidney Week Happy Hour at ChurchKey DC, one of the most hip craft beer bars in DC. Folks from various backgrounds discussed kidney care and networked over one of the best selections of craft beers in the area and great bar food.
We were privileged to have nephrologists, scientists, and leaders from various institutions and organizations:
The venue was a bit dark for photos, but here are a few we salvaged:
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Even in the short 3 years we've been to Kidney Week, we've seen nephrology as a field growth larger and more vocal on raising awareness and promoting research as kidney diseases continue to take a toll on the healthcare systems around the globe.
We hope to partner with many of the folks we met and will meet, in order improve chronic disease care in a holistic, patient-centered and outcome-focused manner. No other field is innovating faster and the time is definitely now. We look forward to accelerating research, policy, and clinical management altogether with smarter use of healthcare data.
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