HealthPartners Institute Says 'Wizard' Will Help Detect Chronic Kidney Disease

October 03, 2018 08:09 PM

Chronic Kidney Disease is a common condition that afflicts 26 million Americans - many of whom don't know they have it. 

Which is why HealthPartners Institute is developing a way to add up those predictors and potential red flags faster.


The software is called "Wizard," and it utilizes a patient's electronic medical records. 

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It is already being used to calculate risks for cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. It can calculate the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke... and it can calculate how factors like weight, tobacco use and cholesterol lower or increase those odds for each individual patient. 

"This technology pulls the stuff that's important together in one place, examines the information with the help of algorithms and spits out suggestions for the patient to consider," said Dr. Patrick O'Connor, the Senior Clinical Investigator at HealthPartners Institute.

 The software update for chronic kidney disease should be completed in about eight months.



Ellen Galles

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