What were we asked to look at
Minuteful Kidney is a smartphone-based diagnostic home urine test for the semi-quantitative detection of microalbumin and creatinine, and the qualitative measurement of the ratio between them (albumin-to-creatinine ratio, ACR).
The test allows people with diabetes, high blood pressure or other risk factors for chronic kidney disease (CKD) to test their urine at home and receive immediate results. Findings are automatically logged on their electronic medical record and sent to their healthcare practitioner for follow up as required.
Why is this important
NICE recommends that people at increased risk of CKD require regular urine tests to allow early identification and treatment of CKD, reducing rates of end stage renal disease (ESRD). Current practice involves the patient taking a urine sample to the GP practice for laboratory analysis. Uptake of the test is low leaving many cases of CKD undetected.