Newly developed system to support hemodialysis concerned tasks, "Hemodialysis DX" is launched!

TXP Medical Co., Ltd. (CEO: Tomohiro Sonou, hereinafter referred to as TXP Medical) has developed and released a new system called "Hemodialysis DX" for hemodialysis departments in acute care hospitals as one of its lineup of hospital supporting systems. Ahead of the nationwide expansion, Akiota Hospital in Hiroshima Prefecture began to use our system as the first user starting last October.

While Japan ranks second in the world for the number of patients on hemodialysis per one million people (Source: "2020 Report of the Japanese Society for hemodialysis Therapy"), the number is expected to further increase in the future. In order to alleviate the burden on healthcare workers involved in hemodialysis operations, approximately 4,500 hemodialysis facilities nationwide are targeted as our potential users.

[Challenges in hemodialysis concerned operations]
In hemodialysis concerned operations, it is essential to transcribe information from console monitors of hemodialysis devices to paper or electronic medical records in a chronological manner.
While some hemodialysis-specialized clinics and general hospitals have digitized systems that smoothly integrate information in console monitors into electronic medical records, in many small to medium-sized hospitals, hemodialysis departments still suffer from manual data entry. This is mainly due to the high cost of installation of those digitized systems and integration with electronic medical records. With the anticipated increase in hemodialysis patients, the growing burden on healthcare workers cannot be avoided if we keep the conventional way of data entry and recording in hemodialysis concerned operations.

[How Hemodialysis DX can support the operations]
In hemodialysis concerned operations, a variety of information requires recording in medical records such as vital signs including heart rate, blood pressure, etc, as well as various parameters from a console monitor in hemodialysis devices.
To expedite this recording process, the system captures images of the hemodialysis console monitor with a smartphone and converts the parameters on the monitor into text data using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology.
This text data is then easily input into electronic medical records, which used to be the manual entry in the conventional operation. The input information can also be printed out in the specified format of the hemodialysis record. Our unique OCR of this system is compatible with most console monitors from various manufacturers used in hemodialysis concerned operations nationwide.


[How to use the system]
Scan the patient's ID with a barcode and register it via smartphone.
Use a smartphone camera to capture data from the hemodialysis monitor and digitize it as text data using the OCR function.
These data are sorted out and displayed in hemodialysis chart format in Hemodialysis DX, with the option to print as needed.
The input data can also be extracted as PDF data or QR codes to integrate with an electronic medical record.

Comment from Dr. Naoki Hirabayashi, Akiota Hospital:
At a conference, I learned about TXP Medical's OCR technology for the first time. Since then I have been deeply impressed by the swift development and operational support provided. A lot of hospitals are facing severe staff shortages, especially in rural areas. I do believe the operational efficiency through digital transformation such as Hemodialysis DX is very meaningful and reduces the heavy workload of hospital staff.