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  • Baxter Healthcare launches My Kidney Journey portal to support patients with Chronic Kidney Disease in Asia Pacific

    Published on December 9, 2021

    Hyderabad – Baxter Asia Pacific (Baxter), a global leader in dialysis care, announced today the launch of My Kidney Journey, a comprehensive online portal to support patients living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region across India, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Thailand.

    Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is on the rise in APAC and continues to be a major public health problem in countries such as India. CKD prevalence in India is approximately 8600* per million population and 2.2** lakh ESRD patients are added every year due to the rising incidence of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, higher detection rate and an ageing population.

    My Kidney Journey has been developed to provide additional information on CKD such as the symptoms, causes and stages, as well as balanced and up-to-date information on multiple treatment options to manage CKD such as Home Haemodialysis (Home HD), Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) at home, in-centre dialysis care and kidney transplant. It also offers support to patients, families and caregivers by providing insights on ways to live well on dialysis, including coping with the emotional difficulties of a diagnosis and demands of treatment.

    Dr. Sree Bhushan Raju, Head of Nephrology Department, Nizam’s Institute of Medical Science and Honourable Secretary, Peritoneal Dialysis Society of India said: “It is common for people to experience distress and anxiety when CKD  progresses and replacement therapy becomes obligatory. Access to information through credible online sources like My Kidney Journey or offline sources can empower CKD patients with relevant information to help them make better choices, resulting in more successful treatment outcomes.”

    The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted people with chronic illnesses. Those with pre-existing conditions, including CKD, are at greater risk of more serious illness with COVID-19 because of their immunocompromised status. Home dialysis offers an opportunity for CKD patients to manage their condition from the comfort of their homes, while reducing direct human interactions from hospital visits, as well as the likelihood of infection. New data from Baxter highlights that remote patient management digital health supports HCPs to improve clinical outcomes, including monitoring their patients’ home dialysis treatments, and remotely adjusting therapy without the need for patients to make visits to the clinic or hospital.

    “Baxter is committed to improving the care and quality of life for patients with CKD through our continued innovation in modern PD (Peritoneal Dialysis) along with home and in-centre Haemodialysis (HD) therapies and services,” said Andrew Frye, President of Baxter Asia Pacific.

    “There is no one-size fits all model for managing Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). However, we hope that this new online portal will provide patients with the knowledge and resources they need to plan for a healthy and full life while on dialysis or other CKD treatments. Aside from patients, we hope that My Kidney Journey can be a platform that offers support to caregivers who are supporting their loved ones to adjust to life with CKD and their own personal journey.” Frye added.

    My Kidney Journey APAC is now available to patients and the general public in 12 countries and 9 different languages across APAC. For more, visit https://apac.mykidneyjourney.com/.

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