iBGStar turns your iPhone into a glucose meter… on sale in UK now

Still not available in US (though finally FDA approved), but now available in the UK, is the iBGStar from Sanofi.  This device is similar in spirit to the Glooko iPhone connector dongle that I recently wrote about here.

This is a very exciting device because it will allow patients to electronically capture their blood sugars without any extra work.  No more transcribing numbers into a logbook, either a paper one or even a digital logbook.  As soon as you check your blood sugar, the number is already captured into a digital logbook with no extra work.  This device clearly has an advantage over the Glooko solution in that the data is collected in real-time, rather than needing a connection and download the way the Glooko does.  The introduction of real-time data upload brings the possibility of shorter and faster feedback loops between patient and clinician.  There is also no extra hardware to potentially lose, since the extra hardware is your glucometer.  Glooko’s advantage is that it works with many existing glucose meters, so you can get the one covered by your insurance, and still easily digitize the data.  So, they each bring a unique new capability to glucose monitoring that should be welcome.

Glooko: A cable to download glucose data from (most) meters

While I haven’t tested this cable or software from Glooko, they seem to be on the right track.  Largely for insurance reasons, patients use a wide variety of glucometers.  Many patients have one glucometer for home, one for the car, one for work, all different brands.  Being able to download all of the data from different devices into one location is very helpful.  It should make many providers happy that the Glooko app appears to let you display the downloaded data in the format of a traditional paper glucose logbook.  While it currently only supports seven meters, they seem to be working on supporting more.
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