Finalist: Intracorporeal Hemodialysis System
We will develop a hemodialysis system (iHemo) that will allow patients to receive the benefits of frequent and prolonged hemodialysis with the operational simplicity of peritoneal dialysis. The iHemo achieves hemodialysis simplification and risk reduction by implanting a compact hemodialyzer (HemoCartridge) to create permanent internal vascular connections, which will eliminate needle-based vascular access. The iHemo will improve dialysis patient outcomes and their quality of life by eliminating risk of accidental blood disconnect and encouraging frequent and prolonged hemodialysis treatments, especially within the home setting.
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Submitted by Shuvo Roy, William H. Fissell, and Charles Blaha on behaf of UC San Francisco, Vandberilt University, and Silicon Kidney.