At Dutch Hacking Health 2018, various ideas for health care innovations were pitched and participants could team up to bring the idea to a concept solution during the weekend of April 20-22.
CE-Mate also participated with the Medimate MiniLab serving as a primary tool for determining the salt content in human urine. Jean-Paul Vendeville, an internal medicine resident at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) and a PhD candidate in vascular medicine, aims to develop a feedback app which receives and processes his MiniLab urine measurements.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the world and excessive salt intake is an important risk factor. While the recommended maximum salt intake per day is six grams, in the Netherlands we eat an average of ten grams.
Jean-Paul: "How do you know how much salt you eat? 85 percent is hidden in our food, only 15 percent comes from our salt shaker.” For the current measurement standard, you need to collect 24 hours of your urine in one container to measure your salt excretion over a single day. After collecting all this urine, you then need to give it to the lab for processing, and the results be given to you sometime later.
The advantages of Jean-Paul’s Salt Meter App joined with the Medimate MiniLab is two-fold: a single drop of urine (as compared to 24 hours volume) can be used to measure your salt excretion and provide a direct result which can be compared with your personal goal in the app. This allows you to take immediate steps to improving your personal health.
This concept was well-received by the Hacking Health 2018 jury and won the prize for 'Best Innovation'.