Your Android powered phone, or even your SmartWatch could soon help save your life. Dangerous levels of glucose can be detected using MiniMed 530 G, and the info will be sent to your phone.
MedTronic’s MiniMed Connect is a system based on the interaction between, MiniMed 530 G, an external insulin sensor with s pump, and your Smartphone. Using the delivery system of MiniMed 540 G, you will be able to manage the amounts of insulin delivered by the pump, and program delivery using the new app.
The FDA approved the sale of the device. The applications will be developed by Samsung and will deliver options like a emergency text messaging service. The message assistance is automatically programmed to inform pre-listed loved ones or friends if you are in critical danger.
If for example you are unable to administer your insulin, for any reason, the app will notify people before something goes horribly wrong.
The partnership with Samsung is facilitated by the fact that MiniMed Connect support Android devices.
Samsung will develop apps that display the information gathered by Medtronics devices and handle synchronization issues, that allow the user to easily calculate the levels of insulin that need to be administered.
Diabetes is a medical condition that appears when the pancreas develops complication in producing insulin. Furthermore type 2 diabetes appears when the body’s cells do not respond properly to the Insulin created by the pancreas. Insulin allow the body to needs to transform sugar into energy.
In 2014 387 million cases of diabetes were estimated worldwide.
The app might also help reduce the number of Hypoglycemia cases, that occur when too much insulin is delivered into the system. The data shown by the app will help patients administer the necessary dosage, by showing detailed onscreen information.
Available for pre-order from July 2015 the app is expected to be a resounding success. Caregivers to diabetes patients especially the ones with no medical background will be most defiantly helped by the new device, and due to its message system the need for constant watch might be reduced.
Diabetes products sold by Medtronic will also be perfected with the use of “diabetes management solutions” made by another partner. IBM’s newly formed Watson Care Unit will handle part of the work necessary in order to create the analytics and cognitive computing processes required by the new app.
Medtronic also acquired a Dutch diabetes clinic and research center.
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