According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million people in the United States have diabetes. I have experienced Type 2 diabetes in my own family and understand the challenges it can present. In addition to potentially causing serious medical conditions such as heart disease, blindness and kidney disease, diabetes has a tremendous impact on lifestyle. Type 2 diabetes requires constant management of what you eat, how much you exercise, what medications you take, and how these components affect your blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Many patients are ill-equipped to take charge of their healthcare and manage diabetes in a way that is convenient or useful to caregivers. I have witnessed my family member write glucose levels in her planner, on post-it notes, napkins, or really anything she can find. What is the point of tracking her glucose if she cannot see trends or patterns related to diet and exercise?
This video shows a product review for a new product from iHealth. The Smart GlucoMeter enables patients to test their blood sugar with their phone. The dongle snaps into an iPhone or iPad where you input your glucose testing strip and the app does the rest!
I am really impressed with this technology because it will enable patients to better manage their chronic illness. Think about how much more productive a patient’s appointment with their endocrinologist! You would be able to look at trends since your last appointment and seamlessly track vital health information. Bravo iHealth—the Empowering Patients with Technology blog is waiting with you for FDA approval in the next few months!