Do you need to make sure that your child or parent has his or her blood glucose under control? Short of hovering over them all the time, you can ask them to send their test results to you or their doctor.
Unless you have a GlucoMON, that wouldn't be easy. But with the GlucoMON it is unbelievably simple.
I know how simple it is, because I finally got my hands on one after writing about it for years. I first wrote about prototypes of this device in an August 2004 article for Diabetes Health magazine. You can find this article now on my website.
The GlucoMON has just become commercially available. In the meantime the company, Dallas-based Diabetech, focused its efforts on perfecting its behind-the-scenes software inside of carefully controlled clinical trials while also making sure they took the steps to comply with various Food and Drug Administration regulations. Their commercialization efforts also took time, as they recently upgraded their technology to run on the GSM/GPRS wireless networks, which run most of the world's cell phones. This new device and their commercial offering are classified in the same category as Microsoft's Health Vault platform and a forthcoming offer from Google.
The amazing thing to me is the fact that the software is indeed behind the scenes. I hate testing software, mostly because it takes so much time to install and then to learn. And then there are always bugs. And then you have to keep it updated.
But the GlucoMON software isn't even on your computer. It works in a similar way to Google's "cloud computing" applications like Gmail and Google Docs that I completely rely on nowadays.
GlucoMON even does Google one better. To use it you don't need an Internet connection. Or even a computer. Or a phone line. And soon you won't even need electricity for it.
Currently, the device relies on electricity from a standard electrical outlet for its power. But Diabetech is a finalizing an optional mobility kit that includes a car charger and a battery pack.
The GlucoMON is an automated, long-range wireless blood glucose data monitoring and transmittal system. “Think of us as a wireless phone company that just does diabetes,” Diabetech founder and CEO Kevin McMahon told me years ago. The key, he said, is not just that it is wireless, but especially that it is automatic. “It requires no training. There are no buttons to push or computers or Palm Pilots to attach.”
While the name GlucoMON obviously stands for glucose monitoring, it actually isn't one. Currently it works with LifeScan's OneTouch Ultra. Kevin tells me that his company is working out licensing deals with the other major meter manufacturers.
"The data are transferred over our network and are stored in the secure patient record in our GlucoDYNAMIX server software," Kevin says. "The data include the patient profile, patient-specific rules, alerts, reminders, reports, and education."