Royal Free London FT: Development of a digitally enabled pathway for Acute Kidney Injury to deliver better, safer patient care

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Streams is a secure mobile app that was developed by DeepMind Health in close collaboration with clinicians at the Royal Free Hospital. Streams provides expert clinicians with real time patient deterioration alerts and access to relevant clinical data to support better care. The focus of our early work was in Acute Kidney Injury where there is sudden damage to the kidneys. AKI affects 1 in 5 hospital inpatients, costs the NHS £1.5billion and contributes to the deaths of 40,000 patients every year in England.

Through close working between Royal Free and DeepMind staff and refinement with clinician user groups, Streams was built to integrate seamlessly with workflows. Its deployment has been evaluated by a team from University College London and academic papers being published in the next month will show that the technology enabled AKI pathway at the Royal Free has sped up care and treatment of unwell patients and reduced the costs of care for AKI patients.

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