Starting in 2017, the consortium will work on establishing an infrastructure including more than 150 hospitals and associated nephrological practices for the first time in Germany. Spotlight will be on healthcare processes which enable to consult with a specialist in cases of patients with chronic kidney disease via intelligent and intersectoral exchange of patients’ data. Thereby treatment should become more effective and efficient.
Such an infrastructure allows a quick and low-threshold consultation of a specialist in cases of, for example, elder patients who are restricted in their mobility or those who suffer from acute renal failure. This means better treatment, the possibility to reduce the progression of the kidney disease, to postpone starting renal dialyses, to reduce complications and to reduce direct and indirect costs.
In the upcoming three years the consortium would like to link patients’ data in a way that they become information to support therapy by the general practitioner and consultative care by a specialist. The crucial challenge is to integrate more and more new and detailed research data in order to raise patients’ and doctors’ contentment, to conserve resources and to reduce costs. By establishing a platform to exchange digitalized structured medical information, the NephroTeTe-Consortium would like to make a decisive contribution.