Due to complaints about glucose meter inaccuracy, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently developing a new standard for glucose meter accuracy.
Blood Glucose Meters
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.
The iBGStar Blood Glucose Monitoring System by AgaMatrix received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval on December 7, 2011. It became available for purchase on May 2, 2012.
One big problem with blood glucose meters has long been that you can’t convert the individual readings into patterns and trends so you can figure out what to do about them. Oh, sure, many meters have software that does this in one fashion or another but downloading the data into software is often difficult because the cable you need is unavailable or lost or left at home or the office. Even a bigger problem occurs when you take the meter to the doctor’s office and they don’t have a cable to use to download data to software for the doctor to analyze and make recommendations.
Successful diabetes management starts with accurate numbers. WaveSense is a new technology that personalizes each test to provide world class accuracy. It detects and corrects for common sources of error that make blood glucose measurements inaccurate. Some of the common errors are:
Blood Samples - Blood sample variations such as hematocrit level (the amount of red blood cells in the sample) or chemical interferences from food or beverages (such as vitamin C from orange juice).
With every new step in diabetes technology, there seems to be a new piece of equipment to carry around. Carrying an insulin pump, glucose meter, and a continuous monitor or logbook along with your cell phone, wallet, and other daily use items can be a little cumbersome. Thanks to HealthPia, you can combine two diabetes tools into one, the GlucoPhone, an all-in-one product that combines a cell phone with a blood glucose monitor. The convenience of this device makes it easier to monitor blood sugars.