Fully funded ACR home testing

Now available to all GP practices in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland STP. Release primary care capacity by shifting urinary ACR testing from the practice to the home.

Implement Smartphone-Powered ACR Testing in 1 Hour

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland STP is working with Healthy.io, NHSx, the Accelerated Access Collaborative and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to offer an at-home urinary albumin:creatinine ratio (ACR) test for people with diabetes. This project is available fully funded to all GP surgeries in the STP.

In other areas, enabling patients to test from home has improved uptake of this essential care process from 0% to 72% amongst patients with no record of an ACR within the last 12 months who agreed to take part.1 The service also aims to minimise workloads for each practice in chasing up missed urinary albumin tests. Implementing the service in your practice is quick and easy, with the time commitment for set-up approximately 1 hour.

Healthy.io are currently onboarding GP practices in your area. This is a unique opportunity to use remote monitoring to engage with previously hard-to-reach patients, and those who may be shielding or isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project has been designed to support local practices in addressing any backlogs in chronic disease management for people living with diabetes.

Key Benefits

How It Works
Reach patients who are not engaging with traditional models of urinary ACR testing by allowing them to self-test when it’s most convenient, without leaving home.
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Eligible patients are contacted by Healthy.io and sent a Minuteful test kit

Smartphone Urinalysis including app, cup, and dipstick

Patients self-test using the kit and a smartphone app, which guides them through the process

Results transmitted to EMR

Test results are automatically added to SystmOne or EMIS and tasked to a member of the practice team, to follow up where needed

What Patients Say

found the test 'easy' or 'very
easy' to use

96% icon

preferred testing at home
vs. testing at the clinic

would recommend this service
to a friend

Clinical-Grade Testing from Home

The CKD early detection service increases uptake of  annual urinary albumin to creatinine ratio (ACR) testing, which is known to be beneficial in the early detection and prevention of CKD, is recommended by NICE, and monitored by the National Diabetes Audit.

The test is built around the existing ACR point of care dipstick. The device reports the semi-quantitative result of the ratio between albumin and creatinine (ACR) concentrations in a urine sample.

Results are expressed as ACR normal (<3.4 mg/mmol), ACR abnormal (3.4-33.9 mg/mmol) or ACR high abnormal (>33.9 mg/mmol).

The product is CE marked, GDPR compliant and follows the industry standards for privacy and safety.

Register your GP practice now to join the project

This project is available to all GP practices in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland STP and is fully funded. 

Empower your patients and improve care through an evidence-based, time-saving, and patient-focused digital technology.

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  1. Judith Shore, Michelle Green, Andrew Hardy & Deborah Livesey (2019): The compliance and cost-effectiveness of smartphone urinalysis albumin screening for people with diabetes in England, Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research, DOI: 10.1080/14737167.2019.1650024

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