NIH grant funds exploration of benefits of digital health for kidney transplant patients

Researchers are investigating the use of mobile digital health tools to help kidney transplant patients adhere to medication intake, monitor blood pressure and avoid premature graft loss following surgery. The Medical University of South Carolina team is undertaking the research thanks to a $1.11 million National Institutes of Health grant.

"We know it's asking a lot to expect the patient to stay on track with their medications," John McGillicuddy, M.D., associate professor of surgery in the Division of Transplant Surgery, said in an announcement. "Unfortunately, we also know medication non-adherence and the resulting uncontrolled hypertension are predominant risk factors for premature graft rejection, graft loss and death. With this study, we're looking at ways to keep patients on schedule with a computer automated monitoring system using mobile technology to improve patient outcomes."

It is just the latest digital health technology research and testing endeavor by MUSC, according to the announcement. An earlier study from the school revealed improved medication adherence and blood pressure readings with the use of mobile technology, but did not explore potential benefit in regard to kidney graft outcome. Announcement