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SSM Health innovates kidney care with predictive analytics and machine learning

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The health system is, for example, reducing acute utilization and ER utilization for both chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease populations. SSM Health, a nonprofit with $8 billion in revenue, provides its communities with high-quality care for vulnerable populations. One of the most vulnerable populations is made up of patients with kidney disease.

THE PROBLEM

Kidney disease is complex because 90% of people with the disease do not know they have it until they need dialysis or a transplant. There is little disease education or preventive efforts in the initial stages, making chronic kidney disease expensive to treat. Patients typically wind up receiving lower outcomes and lower quality of life than physicians would like to see.

CKD and end-stage renal disease patients manage 15-20 medications daily and have multiple comorbid conditions, complicating treatment.”Patients with kidney disease make up under 5% of our patient population, but account for more than 20% of our total costs,” said Carter Dredge, chief transformation officer at SSM Health. “We needed the focus and expertise that our partner Strive Health delivers through predictive analytics and the care team to better support our most at-risk population.”Across the broad primary care base, providers […]

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