FDA looks into medical smartphone app called uChek

NBC33 Staff
Tech Corner

POSTED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 5:39pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 6:25pm

The FDA is looking into a new 'smart-phone' app that analyzes your urine.

Biosense Technologies has created an app called uChek designed to help diabetics and others check their levels.

"Whenever you have a device, that is supposed to help diagnose or give you medical information, then the FDA is very concerned that you get accurate information through whatever device that maybe."

However, Dr. Frank Greenway said you should be careful how you interpret the reading.

"Information that you get from the urinalysis may well be accurate, but how you use and interpret that information from a medical perspective happens to depend upon your knowledge of medicine and how you can put this into context," Greenway said.

Greenway said it's just like a regular urinalysis. The device reads the color of the dipstick to check your blood sugar and other levels. First you take a cup and go to the bathroom. After you go, you take the cup and put the stick in and then wait for your reading.

"It basically takes a picture and then it compares the color scale that would have been on the bottle to the color scale that's on the strips that you dipped in the urine, and then it reads it for you," Greenway said.

The idea of an at-home urialysis is good, you should make sure you see a medical professional.

"As long as this is something that is used to alert them of potential problems that they follow up upon with their physicians or other medical professionals I think it's probably a very positive thing," Greenway said.

The FDA is currently looking into this app and other medical apps to make sure the information consumers receive is accurate.   

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