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iGlucose brings wireless glucometer logging to diabetics

25

March

Late in his life my Dad had diabetes. He knew he was supposed to check and log his glucose levels several times a day but he just couldn't bring himself to do it consistently. When I asked him about it he always said it was just too much of a hassle. If you have diabetes or know someone who does, you probably understand what he meant.

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This week the PositiveID Corp. was showing a new device for glucose monitoring making it as easy as plugging in a cable and pushing a button to log your readings. The iGlucose is a small, wireless device that sends your glucose log data to a secure, online account where it can be monitored by caregivers, family members, your doctors or anyone you designate. iglucose_text_msg.pngIt streamlines the logging process, eliminating the need for paper log books and the hassle my Dad described.

Before using iGlucose you or your doctor must set up an online account. Once enrolled, all you do is connect a compatible, data-capable glucometer (most brands work) to the iGlucose unit and watch as the lights start blinking, indicating your data is being sent wirelessly to the secure iGlucose database. You or those you designate can log into your account at any time to view results and create custom reports.

iGlucose uses a Sierra Wireless GSM radio on the AT&T network which reportedly covers 98% of the U.S.. That should make it usable almost anywhere. The rechargeable battery is rated for one week so it's great for monitoring on-the-go too.

glucose_connected.jpgEach time data is sent to the database, users can have their glucose readings automatically sent via email, text message or fax to themselves and/or others for close monitoring by doctors, family members and friends. 

I was very impressed with the iGlucose unit. As someone who tried unsuccessfully to monitor his Dad's glucose levels from afar (he lived in Michigan at the time) I know this technology would have helped, and I'm pretty sure my Dad would have found plugging in a cable and pushing a button a lot less of a hassle than keeping a log by hand. It's great to see wireless broadband technology being used to assist people with their personal healthcare needs.

Final pricing for the iGlucose has not been set but the $50-$60 price range was mentioned. A wireless contract would also be required, but that should be minimal since the amount of data being sent is very small.

[Last modified: Friday, March 25, 2011 6:06pm]

    

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