Minze Diary Pod is a medical device that helps patients with urinary problems keep a bladder diary. The hand-held and ergonomic reservoir automatically measures the volume and time of each urination and sends it to a smartphone app.
About a third of adults suffer from urinary symptoms or unintentional loss of urine. Urinary problems can have a huge impact on quality of life. However, there is still a great deal of taboo surrounding it and not everyone is looking for help, whereas in most cases it can be perfectly treated if diagnosed in time. With the Diary Pod, Minze aims to improve the diagnosis of urinary problems and lower the threshold for seeking help. The design and patient experience play a crucial role in this. The Minze Diary Pod helps patients keep a bladder diary. Bladder diaries provide an insight into how much someone drinks, urinates and unintentionally loses urine in their daily life. Today, the standard method consists of a (kitchen) measuring cup to collect urine and then write down the urinated volume and time on a paper questionnaire. It is not always easy for patients to keep a bladder diary: lack of clarity about the duration of the diary, forgetting to record urination, manually measuring and recording data or even turning on the lights at night and putting on glasses to read urination volumes. In short, the standard method comes with many limitations and is difficult to fit into everyday life, which in most cases leads to sloppy and unreliable results. The Minze Diary Pod tries to improve the lives of both patient and doctor. The hand-held and ergonomic reservoir automatically measures the volume and time of each urination and sends it to a smartphone app. In the app, the patient can further supplement their digital bladder diary with drinks and involuntary loss of urine. The app guides the patient step by step in keeping their bladder diary. Finally, all data are processed in the cloud and presented to the doctor in a clear manner. The Diary Pod will be available online and the app is available free of charge to increase access to care.