Blood glucose measurements sent via app
Pharmaceutical company Sanofi Australia has launched a blood glucose meter with a free app that allows people with diabetes to store and monitor their results on an iPhone or iPod Touch and email the results to healthcare providers or carers.
Called iBGStar, the blood glucose meter can act as a stand-alone device but also provides both testing and management functionality via the Diabetes Manager App, which is available free on the iTunes App Store.
The app provides an interactive logbook and results can be emailed directly from the iPhone to a healthcare provider or family member.
The meter itself has been designed for ease and simplicity, according to Sanofi. Users insert a test strip and then add a small blood sample. Sanofi claims the test time takes on average six seconds.
The data can be displayed on the meter's screen or on the iPhone or iPad through the app. The meter can store up to 300 test results with the date and time, but the app will allow users to store several years' worth of test results, depending on the capacity of the device.
The app includes a ‘share’ function to allow specific data to be emailed to healthcare professionals, family members or carers. It also includes graphs and statistics to record and track readings and colour-coded scorecards to show individual monitoring results for easy identification of high or low blood glucose levels.
Sanofi has also set up a team of diabetes support partners available to healthcare providers and has expanded its 24/7 toll-free line to include customer care for its blood glucose meters.
The device is available from pharmacies but the company plans to shortly launch a website to allow online purchases of meters, test strips and accessories.
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