While people with diabetes have to constantly monitor and manage their blood sugar levels, usually with help from a glucose meter, they also have to manage the various pieces of information the monitor gathers. An Israeli app is making that information management much easier, with help from users’ smartphones.
The app automatically downloads information from the meter and uploads the data about the user’s activity and condition to the cloud, where it can be accessed by medical personnel for analysis. It also sends out reminders to users to check their blood, provides graphs and charts about how their blood sugar levels change throughout the day and even keeps track of calories and carbs, offering food suggestions to users based on their current sugar levels.
The recording and analysis is done by the app, which communicates with the pocket-sized Dario meter. The meter connects to smart devices via the headphone socket, and includes a lancet for blood sampling and cartridges containing insulin strips that can be easily popped out and changed.
The metering process takes about six seconds and there are no batteries; the meter gets its power from the iPhone or Android phone it’s connected to.
The Dario smart meter and app for diabetics are currently available for patients in the UK, the Netherlands, Italy and New Zealand as part of their national health insurance plans. Last week, Australia announced that it, too, would reimburse patients using the Dario system.