iDry is a pretty simple app, but we have some very ambitious goals for it! It’s designed to provide value in three different ways: (1) help individuals overcome UI, (2) help doctors give the best possible care to their UI patients, and (3) help researchers better understand how to treat UI. Our plan for meeting this third objective is create the largest UI related database in the world by collecting usage data from individuals, stripping out all identifying information, and then making the resulting database available to the research community. We hope researchers will find ways to analyze this data and learn how different interventions (diet, exercise, medical procedures, etc.) actually affect the rate of UI improvement in people, and how that varies according to age, gender, and initial UI cause.
So in the past couple of weeks we have started reaching out to the UI research community to see if this idea resonates with them, and whether the specific database structure that we are creating will actually help them in their work. So far the response has been 100% positive! Several researchers have indicated that the iDry research database will be a valuable tool for their work.
I don’t think I should publish the names of any of the researchers we’re talking with, since the communications have been private. However, I want to share one comment from an eminent UI researcher that’s my favorite so far: “I think this is fantastic work you are doing. Urinary incontinence is a common and expensive problem that is bothersome to patients, reduces quality of life, and often goes underreported. This app certainly has the potential to improve the communication between patients and physicians and provide a valuable resource for future research in this area. “
Very encouraging words! I’ll keep everyone posted as we start working with members of the UI research community.