iUFlow™ - Remote Bladder Monitoring Solution
- Kesem Health
iUFlow™ is an easy to use, IoT, Bladder Monitoring Connected Health Solution. The iUFlow is patented and approved (FDA, TGA, CE Mark), wireless, bladder monitoring and measurement platform. iUFlow™ is disposable, connected device, allows for mess-free, accurate: urinary frequency, volume and flow data collection at the patient home. iUFlow™ platform provides accurate data and reporting to clinical specialists
Measuring urinary frequency, volume and flow rate are essential in the diagnosis and management of urological diseases.
Current devices (in clinic) are expensive and space bound.
The iUFlow brief was to design and develop a home based, flow through (not accumulating) urinary measurement system (supporting of flow rates from 5-50mlps) , which can be used by ALL toilet trained patients (4-104yo), fit to any variety of toilet (US toilets are limited to 127mm between rim and water level), \’mess-free\’ (no splash) and be cost effective to be used as a single user multiple (up to 60 urination session) uses.
A fully automated home bladder monitoring solution now enabled health providers with: increasing compliance, better accuracy & objective data. It will reduce urology office visits and reduce clinic visits time hence reduce cost the health system. The iUFlow to urology is what home glucose is to diabetic patients, who needed to go to the pathology lab to get their sugar level measured.
With recent challenges (COVID-19) facing health provider, iUFlow is positioned to have a major impact in assisting the transition to telehealth.
measuring (without accumulating) urinary volume and flowrate an \’out-of-the-box\’ approach was required.
The team used a large river system \’weir\’ concept and minimised it which resulted in a novel &innovative approach for urinary measurement. The design is using a \’ruler\’ sensor which measures the changing height of urine within the \’sensor-container\’ to calculate flowrate.
The \’bowl\’ design is such to cover the toilet bowl as much as practical & yet to fit in all toilets, be cost effective & disposable friendly. An \’anti-splash\’ mat designed to reduce splashing, urinary mat attached to its edges to improve smell, hygiene & visual.
iUFlow celebrates three utility patents ascertaining its novelty & innovativeness.
Some of its world class features include: a flow through urinary flow meter & proprietary algorithms.
Designers were challenged in producing some novel features such as; full drainage of residual fluid & the minimization of surface bubbles when measuring.
The material selected has glassy & semi-crystalline properties, stiffness, no absorbent of water & low contact angles to reduce friction & promote complete drainage. Additionally, it resists biomolecule adsorption, therefore prevents bacterial growth
iUFlow \’nozzle\’ is using an innovative design called spile to \’draw\’ flow out, ‘borrowed’ from extraction of maple.
The iUFlow is designed to function as the future gold standard diagnostic tool for people with urinary problems. Clinical studies demonstrated that the iUFlow is on target to achieve gold standard status. For example: 93% of patients preferred to use iUFlow; 47% reported less time to complete (13.7min vs 25.5min). Participants reported less effort in returning to sleep & higher compliance rate.
The iUFlow can be used by ALL toilet trained patients (4-104yo), fit to any variety of toilet (US toilets are limited to 127mm between rim & water level) & \’mess-free\’ (no splash or handling).