Digital urine testing proves ‘cleaner, faster and more accurate’ in GP trials
Clinical Design’s Urine Testing System™ has received a distinction for high design quality in one of the world’s most prestigious design competitions.
The coveted Red Dot Award – an internationally-respected mark of quality for design and innovation – recognises the product’s potential to transform urine testing globally.
The most common diagnostic test in the world – 2.8 billion tests are undertaken each year – urine testing has remained essentially unchanged since the 1960s. Yet manual urinalysis can be unhygienic and subject to variation, with risks of spillages, contamination, and errors in analysis and transcription of results.
Urine Testing System™ is the product of nine years of development. Hygienic, easy-to-use and accurate, it has been designed to improve the entire process from receiving the urine sample and recording results, to analysis in the laboratory. Digital readings reduce variation in analysis and improve ability to get the diagnosis right first time. Results can be saved into patient’s electronic health record – and with sealed, leak-proof samples, urine tests can be conducted at a desk.
Oliver Blackwell said: “I am delighted that the panel at Red Dot recognised the delivery of a complex product in such a simple form. Working closely alongside clinicians, we scrutinised every aspect of urinalysis and asked a lot of questions. The Red Dot Award proves to me that I asked the right questions and managed to appropriately translate the answers.”
The awards are judged by a jury of medical experts and leading designers. Founder and CEO of Red Dot, Professor Dr. Peter Zec, said: “The fact that their products were able to satisfy the strict criteria of the jury bears testimony to their award-winning design quality. The laureates are thus setting key trends in the design industry and are showing where future directions may lead.”
In 2019, designers and manufacturers from 55 countries entered more than 5,500 products into the competition. Past winners have included products from Phillips, Ferrari and Bose.
Urine Testing System™ will be available to healthcare providers across the UK and the Republic of Ireland from 2020.