French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Aventis announced that it has tapped medical device maker Agamatrix to create blood glucose meter plug-in for Apple's iPhone called iBGStar, during a presentation at the European(Association for the Study of Diabetes conference. According to the companies, the meter could be the first medical device plugin to connect to Apple's iPhone.
While Johnson & Johnson company Lifescan popularized the idea of connecting blood glucose meters to the iPhone and other smartphone in 2009 during an Apple event, Lifescan has yet to launch such a device. iBGStar, for that matter, is also not yet commercially available in the US, it still needs to receive the greenlight from the FDA. A representative for the companies told MobiHealthNews that the product should be on the market in January or February of 2011.
"iBGStar is the first available blood glucose meter that seamlessly connects to the iPhone and iPod touch allowing you to view and analyse accurate, reliable information in ‘real time,’" Sanofi Aventis posits on it's iBGStar site. "Using the technology built into your iPhone or iPod touch, you can share this information with your healthcare professional while on-the-go, to help you make better-informed diabetes-related decisions together."
The forthcoming iPhone BGM plug-in will interact with a not yet Apple-approved iBGStar Diabetes Manager App that will help users track blood glucose, carbs intake and insulin dose. Agamatrix already offers such an app for iPhone users under its Wavesense brand, however, that application does not pair with a blood glucose meter. The Wavesense app already counts more than 50,000 users, according to a recent report over at DiabetesMine.
Earlier this summer, Agamatrix predicted that its WaveSense Jazz meter would soon become the first medical device to connect directly to Apple’s iOS platform, which includes iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Why isn’t the WaveSense Jazz meter already sending data to the iPhone app? Agamatrix says its new USB download cable, which connects the meter to the iPhone, is currently pending FDA 510(k) review.
According to a report in MedGadget, Sanofi's new BGM plug-in also makes use of Agamatrix's proprietary Dynamic Electrochemistry technology to perform glucose measurements. The technology takes a time-varying input signal and processes it to deliver better digital output and reportedly more precise glucose measurements.