Who does your diabetes data belong to? You - obviously. You're the one who created it and needs it for diabetes management. Your glucose readings, your insulin doses, your carbs and meals consumed, your exercise events, your stress levels, your devices. How can you take charge of your data and benefit from it?
Meters & Monitors
The OneTouch VerioIQ was touted as “the first meter ever that automatically alerts you to patterns you might not even know were there,” It joined other “smart” meters like the Telcare Meter. Using the Verio test strips, the VerioIQ is a white meter with a color LCD screen. It has a strip port light and automatic backlight for testing in the dark. There are 4 buttons on its face for scrolling and navigating through the software. It includes a rechargeable battery that can be charged through an AC adaptor or a mini USB cable (both provided).
The meter market has been making some great strides over the past year. Telcare, based in Bethesda, MD, released the first cellular enabled glucose meter at the 2012 CES Conference. The most interesting feature of the Telcare BGM is that it works without having to plug your meter into a computer, due to its included cellular network. The overall Telcare system has a number of interesting features as well.
The Contour Next Blood Glucose Test Strips are now available at the Diabetes Mall. These new strips work with all of Bayer's Contour Next meters, including the Contour Next EZ, the Contour Next USB, and the Contour Next Link Meter. The Link meter communicates wirelessly with Medtronic’s MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Revel insulin pump so it's been gaining in popularity, as have the strips. Includes:
Due to complaints about glucose meter inaccuracy, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently developing a new standard for glucose meter accuracy.
Insulet and Johnson & Johnson announced an agreement to incorporate the OneTouch technology into the Omnipod's remote controller. The next Omnipod will have a built in blood glucose meter in the PDM, allowing you to carry one less device. Insulet already has a deal with Abbott Diabetes Care to include their Freestyle technology in their new PDM but the deal isn't exclusive. Upon release, Insulet could decide to have a separate device for each blood glucose meter technology or switch to Lifescan exclusively after the Abbott deal expires in 2013.