New smartphone-enabled home kidney test cleared for use by FDA
People who are at risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) can now monitor their kidney health from the comfort of their own homes thanks to a new smartphone-enabled test.
Healthy.io’s Minuteful Kidney™ test, as it is known, uses a smartphone’s camera to look for the protein albumin in the individual’s urine. By monitoring their own kidney health, people can not only benefit from problems being detected early, but also need to take fewer trips to their doctor’s office or clinical laboratory.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the Minuteful Kidney test 510(k) clearance this month, enabling millions of Americans to potentially take advantage of it.
Andrea Somerville, from Boston, is one such American who is already using the new test after her health insurer ordered it for her.
whose doctor is monitoring her kidney function, received a Minuteful Kidney test kit in the mail after her health insurer ordered one for her.
“It was easy to do and really easy to upload everything to my phone so that the results could go to me and to my doctor,” she said.
“The other piece that’s nice,” she added, “is that you find out the results right then and there, and it’s done in the privacy of your own home.”
*image courtesy of healthy.io