A digitally-enabled care pathway for Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)


Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) occurs in up to one in five emergency admissions to hospital, and the financial burden to the NHS is estimated to be more than £1bn per year. Early identification of and response to AKI is considered a key step in improving outcomes for patients with AKI.

A novel care pathway has been developed by combining NHS guidelines for best practice with a mobile app (“streams-AKI”) that applies an NHS algorithm to live patient clinical data.

Key evaluation findings following implementation include:

  • in-app review of blood tests in an average of 14 minutes
  • significant improvements in the speed of recognition and treatment of AKI
  • mean health care costs reduced by £2k per patient
  • earlier, more constructive end-of-life planning
  • a need for training in prevention and prioritization.

Project details: A digitally-enabled care pathway for Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)


Informed by our research, this innovation won the 2019 HSJ Patient Safety Award (Deteriorating Patients & Rapid Response Systems Award category).

This pathway has been implemented at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Contact: sayhi@deepmind.com

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