Kidney disease apps

The use of mobile apps can support people with kidney disease to better manage their health by helping them to keep track of their medication and indicators such as blood pressure, weight, daily fluid intake and symptoms. On this page you will find information on: 

App reviews: kidney disease apps

 App  Features  Clinical review
H2O Overload

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  • Fluid intake tracking
    (for people who need to limit their fluid intake) 
  • Weight recording
  • Blood pressure recording
  • Medication reminder
  • By National Kidney Foundation (US)
  • Available from iTunes only
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about H2O Overload
Insider - a kidney tracking tool


  • Education and information
    (about nephrotic syndrome)
  • Patient stories
  • By the University of Michigan
  • Web only 
    (no mobile app available)
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about Insider
My Kidneys My Health

  • Education and information
    (about managing kidney disease)
  • Information sharing (via text messaging/email/social media)
  • From Kidney Health Australia
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about My Kidneys My Health  
Think Kidneys AKI

  • Education and information 
    (about acute kidney injury)
  • Sections for patients and health professionals
  • By the NHS England
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about Think Kidneys

Chronic kidney disease apps - help me choose

There are a variety of apps aimed at supporting people with kidney disease (chronic kidney disease, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis or kidney transplant recipient). These apps differ in their features and functionality. A study evaluating consumer-facing apps to support self management in people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) found that only a few apps were highly rated by both patients and nephrologists.1 The authors evaluated various measures, including safety (from the nephrologist perspective) and usability (from the patient perspective), such as:  

  • provide educational information such as diet, fluid restriction, hypertension, etc
  • have reminder or alert features
  • allow tracking, displaying, and summarizing health information
  • provide guidance on the basis of the information entered by the patients
  • enable communication of health information with others
  • enable users to obtain support from peers through social networks
  • provide rewards to motivate and support behavior change.

The study found that for most apps, there were safety concerns (only two of seven apps with tracking functions alerted users on entry of extremely abnormal values). The high-performing apps identified by users included apps focused on:

  • the earlier stages of CKD: My Kidneys,My Health Handbook and Kidney Disease Assistant (no longer available for download as of January 2019)
  • hemodialysis: Record Weight of Patients on Dialysis
  • peritoneal dialysis: C.A.P.D. Helper and Our Journey with Peritoneal Dialysis
  • kidney transplant recipients: Syck and Transplant Hero. 

Other apps you may find useful

Other apps you may find useful are:

  • H2O Overload app: an app for people who need to limit their fluid intake such as people with kidney failure, heart disease or low sodium.
  • Medication reminder apps: apps to help you keep track of medications - they can send you a reminder to give medicines, and you can record when you have given the dose. 

Learn more

  1. Singh K, Diamantidis CJ, Ramani S, et al. Patients' and Nephrologists' Evaluation of Patient-Facing Smartphone Apps for CKD. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2019 Mar 21.
  2. Lewis RA, Lunney M, Chong C, et al. Identifying Mobile Applications Aimed at Self-Management in People With Chronic Kidney Disease. Can J Kidney Health Dis. 2019 Mar 13;6:2054358119834283

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Last reviewed: 14 Apr 2019