'Lower Urinary Tract' evaluation at home
Duration of this project: 1 October 2016 - 30 September 2018
Minze Health develops internet-connected medical products for use at home. Their focus is on urology. Urination problems originate in the lower urinary tract and can occur in men, women and children.The most common conditions that cause complaints in the lower urinary tract are prostate enlargement, nervous system disorders, urinary incontinence, bladder and prostate cancer or incontinence after pregnancy.
The current method - uroflowmetry and keeping a bladder diary - is unreliable and time consuming.
This is because a uroflow test always needs to be done in hospital. This also means the urologist has only a single test to base a diagnosis on. Additionally, patients often don't keep strict bladder diaries, making their analysis a very time consuming task for the urologist.
Minze Homeflow: a smart home solution
Minze Health has come up with a smart home solution that combines uroflowmetry and the bladder diary: Minze Homeflow. The patient places an internet-connected uroflow meter in their own toilet. This device sends the urinary data to an online platform of urologists. The patient can add extra information to this data, for example urgency or pain, via a user-friendly smartphone app. This means the urologist can follow-up with the patient remotely. The patient is relaxed and no longer needs to get themselves to a hospital. The urologist can focus on the important part: giving well-founded advice based on the data. Science can finally obtain data that makes it possible to develop even better therapies.
In the CrossCare project, Minze Health works together with the testing grounds LiCalab and LifeLABs (Slimmer Leven) in the Netherlands. Minze Health wants to make the Minze HomeFlow easy to use for the patient, collect relevant information for support by the urologist and develop a process that can be further integrated in the hospital. The business model will need to be set out further and new opportunities are being explored.