I expect that this meter will be very popular, as it will allow people with diabetes to automatically record their glucose values on their iPhones, eliminating the arduous task of manual entry. I would love to hear from patients who are planning on using one or have already tried one about their experiences with them.
They will be sold not only at Walgreens but also the Apple store, which is proof about the growing and profound connection between consumer technology and healthcare. People want their healthcare devices to be designed just as elegantly as they want their smartphone or laptop or speakers designed. I’m hopeful that the days of unusable, obtuse healthcare devices will soon be behind us.
See here for story from mobihealthnews and here is a review of the meter from a person with diabetes who writes a blog named “DiabeticallyYours.”
DiabetesMine is sponsoring a contest asking for people with diabetes to tell everyone about their biggest needs in a 2-3 minute video. Contest details at: http://www.diabetesmine.com/2012/05/announcing-the-2012-diabetesmine-patient-voices-innovation-contest.html.
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.