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Open Access Highly Accessed Review

Health information technology (IT) to improve the care of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Clarissa J Diamantidis12* and Stefan Becker3

Author Affiliations

1 Division of Nephrology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

2 Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System, Baltimore, MD, USA

3 Department of Nephrology, University Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany

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BMC Nephrology 2014, 15:7  doi:10.1186/1471-2369-15-7

Published: 9 January 2014

Abstract

Several reports show that patients with chronic disease who are empowered with information technology (IT) tools for monitoring, training and self-management have improved outcomes, however there are few such applications employed in kidney disease. This review explores the current and potential uses of health IT platforms to advance kidney disease care by offering innovative solutions to inform, engage and communicate with individuals with CKD.

Keywords:
Chronic kidney disease; Health information technology; Mobile health; Patient safety