pulseData at Kidney Week 2019

Kidney Week 2019 Wrap-up from pulseData! Learn about our Kidney Week experience.

November 25, 2019

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.

  • Teddy Cha CEO
  • Ollie Fielding Head of Product
  • Jung Hoon Son Informatics Lead
  • Xiaoyan Wang Data Scientist
Ollie, Xiaoyan, Jung at NephJC tweetup (We missed you Teddy!)


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.

Use of Machine Learning to Inform Decision Making and Optimal Renal Replacement Therapy

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!

Key results slide, demonstrating improving optimal starts and home dialysis rates at Rogosin

Members of the PEAK team (The Rogosin Institute) + Ollie Fielding of pulseData
delivering data-driven chronic kidney disease management

Proactive Identification and Nutritional Management of Hyperkalemia via Electronic Health Record Phenotyping

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.

Kidney Week Highlights

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.

Innovation and nephrology: KidneyX, Outset Medical, Cricket Health promoted and re-iterated that in order to improve outcomes, innovations that improve awareness and education is critical.

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.

Nephrology twitter was on a roll - with ASN's stamp-of-approval of hashtag #kidneyWk

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.

Selected Highlights from pulseData's Kidney Week Team

pulseData CEO and Co-founder, Teddy Cha, was excited to meet Dr. Julia Lewis - one of the original co-authors of the most widely used estimated glomerular filtration rate equation using serum creatinine (CKD-EPI).

Celebrity nephrologist sighting! Xiaoyan Wang, one of our talented data scientists, was excited to meet Dr. Navdeep Tangri, the creator of the Kidney Failure Risk Equation (KFRE) in person.

We proudly have Dr. Tangri serve as one of pulseData’s scientific advisors.

Up-and-coming innovators of kidney disease screening: Scanwell

Scanwell (Y-Combinator 2018) is actively running a real-world validation of their smartphone-capture-ready urine dipstick screen with CRIC study participants. Telehealth and community-based approaches to CKD screening and proactive monitoring is on the rise, and Scanwell is at the forefront.

Stephen described in detail how he tackled technical and scientific challenges to current stage of performance validation. Preliminary results look pretty impressive!

Happy Hour hosted by pulseData

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:

Dr. Shika Pappoe, CMO of Strive Health and Dr. Jung Hoon Son, Informatics Lead at pulseData

Ollie Fielding, Head of Product with Dr. Andrew Bohmart and Dr. Jeff Silverzweig from The Rogosin Institute

If you would like to co-host an event for next year’s ASN, feel free to contact us at info@pulsedata.io


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.

Partner with us - contact us to find ways to creatively work together at info@pulsedata.io.