- CloudCath — a company dedicated to remote complication monitoring for patients undergoing catheter-based treatments — announced it has raised $12 million in Series A funding led by Capital Integral
CloudCath — a company dedicated to remote complication monitoring for patients undergoing catheter-based treatments — announced it has raised $12 million in Series A funding led by Capital Integral with participation from FundRx, The Capital Partnership, Coconut Tree Investments, Stanford University’s StartX Fund, and additional strategic and individual investors.
The proceeds from this funding round will be used for commercializing CloudCath’s first product, which is a system that enables remote, real-time monitoring for patients undergoing at-home peritoneal dialysis, allowing earlier complication intervention. And the funding will also support the development of additional applications utilizing the company’s proprietary technology.
According to a July 2019 White House executive order on kidney care (the Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative) proposed that 80% of new patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) be treated with either kidney transplantation or home dialysis by 2025, which is a significant increase from current rates of below 20%.
“End-stage renal disease, one of the costliest chronic diseases in the U.S., is devastating to patients. The CloudCath technology enables patients and caregivers to easily monitor fluid parameters for early signs of complications, including infection, in real-time, allowing dialysis providers to intervene much earlier than the existing standard of care,” said CloudCath co-founder and CEO Aly ElBadry. “This funding will speed commercialization of the CloudCath system, pending FDA clearance, and will also support our goal of offering remote monitoring for infectious disease management in multiple additional applications. We are looking forward to enabling better patient care and to playing an integral part of the big data revolution in infectious disease healthcare management.”
There are nearly 750,000 U.S. patients that are affected by ESRD with the number of diagnosed patients increasing at a rate of 5% to 7% annually. And treatment for ESRD accounts for nearly 7% of Medicare’s budget, despite affecting fewer than 1% of Medicare beneficiaries. For patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis (PD), rates of infection-driven hospitalization are as high as 0.5 hospitalizations per patient-year according to the U.S. Renal Data System.
“Studies have shown that home-based kidney care generally improves outcomes, improves the patient experience and provides a much better value to dialysis care providers. But many patients lack the confidence to perform dialysis at home, in part due to the lack of monitoring and the disconnect between the home environment and the care teams. Moreover, they fear an infection that may lead to pain and require hospitalization,” added Dr. Glenn Chertow, Chief of the Division of Nephrology at Stanford University School of Medicine, who serves as Chairman of CloudCath’s Clinical Advisory Board. “With the CloudCath device, we expect to see wider adoption of peritoneal dialysis by patients and nephrologists, and longer, safer, reliance on home dialysis therapy where kidney transplantation is not feasible.”
The current standards of care rely on visual detection to identify infection origination, which is known as the “newspaper test.” And if patients cannot read a newspaper or written text print through a collection bag of spent peritoneal dialysate, they are advised to seek medical attention — which is a strategy that results in late identification of infection and possible complications that can lead to hospitalization and potentially a catheter removal procedure, limiting the patients’ treatment modality to the less convenient and more expensive Hemodialysis option.
CloudCath’s device integrates into the patient’s drain line, monitoring the spent dialysate fluid on every dialysis cycle by measuring and quantifying the fluid properties remotely from the patients’ home. And the data is transmitted to the CloudCath cloud-based infrastructure in real-time where data algorithms notify healthcare providers when there is a potential complication escalation.
With CloudCath’s monitoring platform, healthcare providers login and access real-time data from their patients throughout their treatment in order to aid treatment decision management.
CloudCath’s Clinical Advisory Board is projecting that the technology could drive a 75% reduction in infection-driven hospitalizations thus potentially saving thousands of lives, based on existing mortality rates and reducing the U.S. healthcare system’s annual spend by as much as $2.6 billion.