DaVita launches portal for dialysis
DaVita Inc., a provider of kidney care services, announced new features on myDaVita.com to help dialysis patients manage their health. The enhanced website offers a patient health portal, enhanced with a social networking component and a kidney diet helper app.
Billed as a first for dialysis providers, the DaVita Health Portal will help patients understand and manage their kidney care, officials say. The application is accessible anywhere patients have an Internet connection through a computer, including in DaVita dialysis centers.
"At DaVita, we’re committed to improving our patients' quality of life and their quality of care," said DaVita chairman and CEO Kent Thiry. "The enhanced myDaVita.com and the DaVita Health Portal are designed to empower patients and create an online community for patients and caregivers."
Through the DaVita Health Portal patients can:
- Track and view graphs of weight and lab results
- View medications
- Print and share health reports with family, caregivers and physicians
- Access tracking sheets for recording peritoneal dialysis (an alternative to hemodialysis) treatment information
myDaVita.com is an online patient social networking and virtual support center where dialysis patients can connect with other members of the kidney care community by sharing stories, meeting friends who are going through similar experiences, getting advice, and supporting and inspiring others, officials say.
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Other myDaVita.com resources include the DaVita Diet Helper, which helps patients navigate nutrition challenges with planned menus and a log to track important nutrients. In the enhanced My Recipes section, patients and caregivers can save and organize favorites from more than 700 kidney-friendly recipes.
The online tools are meant to allow patients to be proactive about their health, which can lead to improved clinical outcomes and an improved quality of life.