Dr. Zorn on new technologies to optimize care for BPH

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“These are the technologies that we'll see to empower patients and get more information, so that when we see the patient, it's one less thing we as a physician have to gather during that consultation, making the consultation more efficient,” says Kevin C. Zorn, MD, FRCSC, FACS.

In this video, Kevin C. Zorn, MD, FRCSC, FACS, discusses new technologies that have been developed for the evaluation of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Zorn is a urologist and the founder of BPH Canada in Montreal.

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With our practice becoming more telemedicine or remote service to patients beyond our geographic regions, what are the tools that can empower a patient to follow their progress if they're taking new medications, post-surgery, or even assessing if they have some degree of BPH? Soundable is one of the technologies, proudP, and a few other startup companies that have gotten into these technologies. It's as simple as an app on your phone that you put by the toilet, and it listens. It's an algorithm tested on different types of toilet shapes and sizes. Based on that sound, it can judge, pretty accurately, the void volume, the time of void, whether the patient's peeing and forcing and having intonations in their flow, and produce reproducible texts that we have here in our office. So, rather than, "Hey, sir, come over here and urinate," we can capture 10 or 15 of them at home, and it gets much more of an average pattern that may knock out some of the irregularities that we may have just during an awkward pee on command in the office. It's going to [be] much more natural, and doing an average of several will give you a much clearer picture of what a patient's having. These are the technologies that we'll see to empower patients and get more information, so that when we see the patient, it's one less thing we as a physician have to gather during that consultation, making the consultation more efficient.

This transcription has been edited for clarity.

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