The first FDA cleared and CE certified Bluetooth ® blood glucose meter recently was announced and launched in the U.S. by Entra Health Systems. The MyGlucoHealth meter and MyGlucoHealth Network form an “integrated telemedicine platform”. It’s a great start to bringing our many meters, log books, and other forms of data into the same place and saved for patients and healthcare professionals to review.
The meter works in combination
with a real-time online data collection network to upload and manage readings
using a mobile phone or computer. Patients can securely transmit and evaluate
readings while communicating results to families or physicians.
Test results can be seen in three seconds and has a blood sample size of 0.3 microliters. This compares to most other meters that have ~ five seconds and 0.03 microliters Test strips are automatically coded, which is a big advantage. All in all, this sounds pretty competitive – we don’t know what kind of strips it uses or if these will be covered by insurers, which is always a big question. The technology can monitor the testing results and also the patterns of the testing. The company points out that the network can set up reminders to test more frequently and even notify the patient’s family or caregivers when results exceed certain thresholds or fluctuate.
We’re happy to see a Bluetooth-enabled device finally hitting the market and potentially eliminating the need for the box of cables and mismatched meters. However, we wonder how many people with diabetes would feel like a wireless leash was attached to their meter if their family and caregivers were immediately seeing each and every reading at all times – it will be interesting to test reactions!