NKF, HealthUnlocked to Provide Free Online Support Community for People with Kidney Disease
New York, NY—June 20, 2017—Today HealthUnlocked and National Kidney Foundation (NKF) announced a new United States collaboration and four new online communities that will provide vital help, support and information to people with, affected by or at risk of kidney disease.
An estimated 30 million adults in the U.S. have some form of kidney disease and a large number of people are living undiagnosed with the disease. The new collaboration will develop online communities dedicated to kidney disease management, support and prevention on the HealthUnlocked platform. The online communities will provide peer-to-peer support to anyone affected by kidney disease along with access to information and resources, alongside assisting NKF in identifying any HealthUnlocked users at risk of developing kidney disease. The collaboration spans both prevention and support to those affected.
NKF will have four different communities on HealthUnlocked that span kidney disease, dialysis, living donors and transplants. Each of these online communities will provide a free and expert resource, open to people with the condition or those looking for prevention advice, no matter what stage or treatment plan they are on.
HealthUnlocked Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Matt Jameson Evans said: “Support, help and information is invaluable to people living with kidney disease or at risk of developing it. This new collaboration will create a safe space for people to ask questions, and reach out to others. By coming to one of these communities, the millions of people affected by kidney disease will find important support from others going through similar experiences.”
“NKF is a leader in the kidney community supporting patients, family members, those at risk and living donors through a wide range of programs, services, education and resources. We are pleased to announce the launch of NKF’s online communities: Early Stage CKD, Dialysis, Transplant, and Living Donation in collaboration with HealthUnlocked,” said Kathryn Pucci, SVP, Education and Programs, National Kidney Foundation. “Offering patients and their families a safe outlet to share information, successes and concerns is at the heart of NKF’s mission,” she added.
To join one of the communities NKF is running and supporting, please visit:
30 million American adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease and most are not aware they have it. One in three American adults are at risk for chronic kidney disease. Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and family history. People of African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease. African Americans are three times more likely than whites to get the disease, and Hispanics are nearly 1.5 times more likely than non-Hispanics to develop end stage renal disease (kidney failure).
HealthUnlocked is the third largest health website in the United Kingdom and in the top 20 globally. With over 40 million users per year, the website increases patient engagement and contributes to improved health outcomes, through use of its online health and well-being forums. HealthUnlocked is a social platform and mobile application, which allows users to join moderated online health communities in which they can: gain access to useful information and relevant services; seek advice, support and mentorship from people like them; be empowered to make better healthcare decisions; help advance medical research and understanding.
HealthUnlocked platform is used as a clinical care planning tool in 75 hospitals in the United Kingdom.
About National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information about NKF visit www.kidney.org.