Saving Home Urine Test Results just seems like a good idea. Here at PURI we get asked by friends and acquaintances why we have invested so much time into such a simple idea. Even though saving home urine test reults is a simple idea we had not seen a handy mobile application which addressed the problem.
In this article we cover why we have created PURI and why we think you will benefit from using it.
1. Home Urine Testing is Useful
The first reason we created PURI is that thanks to the humble Urine Test Strip, Urinalysis is a widely used diagnostic. Urinalysis can be done at home and in a clinical setting. By using a Urine Dipstick we can gain insight into the health of different parts of the body and an indication of how advanced certain diseases are.
Here are two simple examples about what Home Urine Testing can tell us:
1) Protein should not appear in Urine. If Protein does appear in Urine this may indicate problems with the filter in the Kidney. You see, a protein molecule is too large to pass through a healthy and properly functioning kidney. If Protein does appear in your Urine it may indicate Kidney damage. Conducting a Home Urine Test can identify the presence and approximate concentration of Protein in your Urine. If Protein is found via a home urine test, you can then consult a doctor to gain a professional diagnosis of the cause.
2) The presence of blood cells in your Urine is considered serious and may indicate problems in the urinary tract. Causes of blood in urine could be anything from kidney stones to cancer. Identifying blood in your urine early through regular Urine testing may lead to an early diagnosis of bigger issues.
It is the simplicity of a home urine test plus the usefulness of the results that makes Urinalysis one of the most performed diagnostics.
2. Most home tests end up in the bin
3. Saving results must be made easy
4. Accurate Results at Home
5. More Home Urine Test Data is a good thing.
Aside from the Urine Test Strip Results, you can gain insight into your health by viewing the physical properties of the Urine Sample. Is the color light or very dark? Is it clear or cloudy? Is there foam in the sample? At home it is not just strip data that is being thrown away, but also the important color and physical appearance of the urine sample. When the urine sample is flushed down the toilet this is health data that is being lost.
PURI allows users to capture up to two images for each test. The first image should be of the test strip, and the second image should be of the urine sample. In this way when you go back and review your results if you want to double check what was happening that day you have a photographic record. And this leads us onto the next topic of why we built PURI… the ability to Share Results
6. Sharing Results
We hope by now you have downloaded and started using PURI. If you have, this means you will have some test data and some photos saved. So now imagine you have a result that you are not happy with such as positive Leukocyte and Nitrites in your Urine which may indicate the onset of a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). By having this data saved in PURI it gives you further options about what you can do.
PURI has the option to share results two ways 1) within PURI or 2) via email.
So you suspect you have a UTI but you want to be sure. With PURI you can email your test results to your Doctor at the same time you ask for an appointment. Before you arrive in the surgery, the doctor can review your results and be prepared for an appointment.
And another example, you have a child with Diabetes and they are old enough to do their own Ketone tests, but as a parent you want to make sure they are actually being done by your child and you want to have access to their results to make sure everything is OK. In PURI you have the ability to view other user’s results (once they have given you permission) and also the option to enter results on their behalf (again after permission is received).
The second option of entering results on behalf of another person can be very helpful for a home nurse, a parent or someone who has taken on a carer role for an elderly parent.
With the digitising of Urinalysis results the benefits of the internet age become instantly available.
7. Tracking Results
And finally we have tracking. Building up a good data set can help identify trends in results which is useful for chronic conditions. For periodic conditions such as UTI, having urine results stored can help keep a track of the how often the infections are occurring.
We built into PURI two views of results. The first is one that simply highlights when a positive result occurred. The second view is trend data.
PURI also has the ability to filter data so you can select which results you want to see, e.g. you may want to look exclusively at the Protein in Urine results.
With the combination of two different data views and the ability to filter and focus on your test results you gain great visibility into your health data.
We hope you like it
This is the first version of PURI and we have much more planned. We have started with addressing a need that patients who regularly test their Urine at home might have. We hope you find PURI useful and we are always happy to hear from you.