Having diabetes is certainly not fun, and probably is pretty inconvenient. You’ve got to remember to bring all your supplies, be it a glucometer, insulin, and anything else you need to keep healthy everywhere you go. That can’t be fun.
The folks over at Cambridge Consultants realize that and want to make it a bit less inconvenient. Recently they announced a device that integrates close-proximity wireless with an insulin pump and a glucometer.
The device utilizes the close-proximity wireless standard, NFC, to wirelessly link the insulin pump and glucometer. Your glucometer will record your blood sugar level then recommend a dose of insulin. If you accept the dose, all you need to do is swipe the glucometer against the insulin pump, which can be hidden under your clothes, and it will issue the dosage.
There’s also a feature that Cambridge Consultants call “patient-in-the-loop dosing”, which gives a confirmation message to the patient when the dosage is administered and allows the patient to modify the dosage for whatever reasons they may have.
If you’ve got diabetes and you’re looking for an easier and more convenient way to administer your insulin automatically, keep your eye out for this device from Cambridge Consultants. There’s no word on when it will be available, or for how much, but they’re definitely working on it. The press release on Cambridge Consultants’ website can be found here.
This may be a better use of NFC than in my SmartTrip card for the metro, although it is mighty convenient. . .