AI-aided kidney care rolls into the Salt Lake State

Intermountain Healthcare has opened an AI-powered service line for patients with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease.

The Utah-based organization launched the program and clinic Sept. 5 with aims of reducing hospital admissions 50%, slowing the progression of renal disease in those who have it and avoiding the need for emergency services due to renal failure.

The announcement comes from SymphonyRM, which is supplying the AI-based software supporting the program.

The company says its platform will help care coordinators manage interrelated factors that can affect outcomes. These include comorbid conditions, health-affecting behaviors and social determinants of health.

Suji Lee, MD, Intermountain’s medical director of kidney services, says the AI algorithms will “allow us to engage and connect patients to care earlier in their journey and effectively manage longitudinal care across the continuum,” which the organization believes will “empower patients to take a more active role in their own healthcare to improve outcomes while lowering costs.”

Intermountain Healthcare runs 24 hospitals and 215 clinics in Utah and Idaho.