Now Measure Your Diabetic Levels on iPhone

Technology in today’s world is growing in an incredible way. The range of applications and services offered by iPhone are amazingly superb. Its extra-ordinary services like responding to touch, reaching to sound, giving directions by a route map and many more, gave a thought of its ability in remote care.

A new iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) and iPhone operating system (OS) 3.0 software are announced by Apple, on March 17, 2009. The ultimate success of iPhone in health/ medical care depends on how good Apple can support its vertical market and the entrepreneurs and smart developers attracted to the iPhone. Virtualized medical applications, launched by Apple can attract many clinicians, health workers, hospitals etc to use iPhone.

In 2009, a presentation shown by Steve Jobs and a J&J company named “Life scan” showcased a device which took vantage of the newly provided connectivity by Apple to 30 pin dock connector.

This presentation developed waves of interest in the health and the health care community, as it was the first indication of how software and hardware could function together to broader smart phones into true medical devices which accompany patients wherever they move. However, the company, in an interview given to Mobihealth news, admitted that the demonstration was just a presentation without a clear way to commercialization to that point of time.

In such medical applications, they use sensors that take the patient data. This information will be consolidated and then transmitted to an application which stores and supervises the data. The sensor brings out the data in it terminal form, which will be ready for use, by the clinician or the patient.

Now, AgaMatrix and Sanofi-Aventis have brought out a commercial device which blends an iOS application with an advanced glucometer, which provides glucose data to the patients’ providers. This product yet needs 510(k) approval for being positioned as a medical device, as said by Med gadget reports.

‘Glucometer’ is an example of sensor gateway demonstrated in Apple event, which is a one-touch from Lifescan. Lifescan is one among a group of companies which were offered access to the SDK, 2 weeks prior to the announcement. Third party developers use SDK to design software and accessories to iPhone. “Proof of concept” applications are implemented by these users, over that time. The communications director of Lifescan, Dave Detmers, said that their aim is to make management of diabetes as unseamed as possible for patients, which makes it easy to incorporate into the lifestyles of the patients. The combination of the software of one touch glucometer and iPhone make up a medical device i.e. defined by FDA.

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