Revolutionary Tablo Transforms Dialysis

Story by Ann E. Butenas

As a premier provider of comprehensive and specialized care for its patients, MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital now offers the Tablo Hemodialysis System, enhancing the dialysis experience for patients.

Introducing the Tablo Hemodialysis System: Revolutionizing Dialysis for Enhanced Well-being

Imagine a world where dialysis is no longer a burden but a seamless part of life, empowering individuals with kidney failure or severe kidney dysfunction to reclaim their independence and vitality. Tablo Hemodialysis System (Tablo), a groundbreaking medical innovation from Outset Medical, is set to transform the dialysis experience, ensuring optimal well-being and a renewed sense of freedom.

One of the key highlights of Tablo is its remarkable time efficiency. Unlike traditional dialysis methods that demand arduous hours, Tablo optimizes the process, reducing treatment duration while maintaining effectiveness. This newfound freedom allows individuals to embrace their regular activities, fostering a sense of connection and reducing the feelings of isolation and frustration commonly associated with dialysis.

Recognizing the physical toll that dialysis can take, Tablo prioritizes patient well-being. Through advanced technology and innovative mechanisms, it minimizes the side effects that patients often endure. Fatigue, muscle cramps, and nausea, which traditionally plagued patients, are now significantly reduced, ensuring a comfortable and empowering experience throughout the treatment. With Tablo, patients can approach each day with renewed optimism, knowing that their treatment is seamlessly integrated into their lives, rather than defining it. Tablo represents a turning point in the field of dialysis, heralding a new era of improved patient experiences and outcomes.

Sneak Peek: The Versatile Tablo Hemodialysis System: Reducing Cost and Complexity

A revolutionary medical device that has transformed the landscape of dialysis treatment, Tablo was designed with innovation and patient-centricity in mind, offering a host of unique features that enhance the overall dialysis experience.

One of the standout features of the Tablo system is its wireless connectivity. Unlike traditional dialysis machines that require complex wiring and connections, Tablo operates seamlessly through wireless technology.

Another remarkable aspect of Tablo is its adaptability to various water sources. Traditional dialysis machines rely on purified water systems, which can be expensive and cumbersome to maintain. In contrast, Tablo is engineered to work with different water sources, such as tap water, making it more accessible and cost-effective.

Furthermore, Tablo incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, making it a truly smart dialysis system. Through AI algorithms, Tablo continuously learns and adapts to each patient’s unique needs and characteristics. This personalized approach ensures patients receive optimal dialysis treatment tailored to their specific requirements. By analyzing data in real-time, the system can make precise adjustments during the session, maximizing efficiency and safety.

The Dialysis Difference at MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital

MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital (MARH) in Overland Park, Kansas is fully dedicated to offering exceptional services to individuals recovering from various medical conditions and injuries. They have now brought a key technological advancement to its facilities in the form of the state-of-the-art Tablo Hemodialysis System (of which they have four), ensuring advanced and effective renal replacement therapy for patients who require such treatment.

“Patients do much better with this dialysis system,” emphasized Steve Williamson, CCO of Outset Medical, the innovating company behind Tablo. “Their day is not ruined, they feel better, they can be discharged faster, and they can experience a more effective rehabilitation.”

When MARH brought the Tablo system into their facility, it created an easier experience on the patients, leading to improved outcomes and the ability to return home faster. According to Williamson, this system can be used in the home, across the hospital, in skilled nursing settings, and in rehabilitation facilities such as MARH.

“What is also unique about this system is the efficiency it creates for providers,” noted Williamson, explaining that training can be achieved in a couple of hours versus much longer learning curves with former systems.

“Until Tablo came about, not much had changed in dialysis treatments over the past 40 years,” said Williamson. “Even though roughly 800,000 people in the country need dialysis, there has not been much innovation in this space. We had the opportunity to create a product that fits people’s lives instead of people fitting their lives around it. It is exciting for us, too, to work with a progressive innovator such as Encompass Health.”

Williamson also explained that Tablo can be operated by a patient’s caregiver at home, and they can be trained in two weeks’ time.

“With dialysis, the most difficult thing is to get the needle in the right vein,” stated Williamson. “This machine is intuitive and walks them through it. All you need is access to tap water, an electrical outlet, and a drain. With this machine, no water treatment rooms are needed. You can simply plug it right into the tap.”

Williamson emphasized the overall positive experience patients receive from this system.

“We want to democratize dialysis and give everybody access to the best technology in the market,” he expressed. “We want to take care of patients where they are with better systems to achieve better outcomes.”

Williamson further emphasized that when patients can choose a facility that offers Tablo on-site, such as MARH, they have made the best choice to receive the best services and technology to get them rehabilitated and back home.

Shannon Webb, Dialysis Nurse and Dialysis Program Manager, BSN, RN at MARH is thrilled with the Tablo system.

“I like the fact you can take this directly to the patient’s room due to its portability,” she said. “It is designed with a more gentle and effective treatment approach which makes the patients feel motivated and more energetic. We can provide treatments to the patients in the morning, and they will still have the energy to engage in their therapy in the afternoon.”

The convenience Tablo offers patients helps with the continuity of their schedules. Patients have the flexibility to use this machine at any time of day while still being able to focus on their rehab therapy. Additionally, Webb praised the efficiency of this machine.

“With its computer element, called Tablo Hub, I can assist four patients at a time. It shows me what is going on live with each patient and the machine,” she said. “Further, the set-up is much faster. Before, it would take about 30-45 minutes to set up a machine for treatment. Now, I just rinse the machine and can be set up in 20 minutes max.”

The Tablo dialysis system represents a remarkable leap forward in dialysis technology. Its wireless connectivity, adaptability to various water sources, AI capabilities, patient engagement features, and eco-friendly design make it a true game-changer in the field.

In addition to its dialysis services, MARH provides a wide range of rehabilitation therapies, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Its multidisciplinary team collaborates closely to develop individualized treatment programs that address the unique challenges of each patient.

Through comprehensive rehabilitation, MARH aims to enhance patients’ physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being, empowering them to resume their daily activities and improve their quality of life.

For more information on the Tablo Hemodialysis system and all the services MidAmerica Rehab Hospital offers, please contact them at 913-491-2400 or visit