Did you know that 387 million people globally suffer from diabetes! Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas produces little or no insulin, or when the pancreas produces insulin but it is resisted by the body. Insulin is a hormone the body needs to regulate blood sugar (glucose), the body’s energy source.
You will be thinking weird as what Samsung has to do with it. Medical technology giant Medtronic plc (MDT – Analyst Report) recently tied up with Samsung Electronics a South Korean multinational electronics giant to enhance holistic diabetes management worldwide, a part of its effort to transform itself into a more comprehensive diabetes solutions company.
The creation of the partnership was announced at an American Diabetes Association conference 2015. The two companies herewith seek to combine their efforts to provide seamless, timely access to diabetic data for patients as well as their care givers. Per the deal, Medtronic’s comprehensive diabetes management system will be combined with Samsung’s expertise in offering next-generation consumer mobile technology, to make diabetes-related data easily available to customers.
Both the companies will co-develop a mobile app for Samsung users, which will offer useful insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) information. This app, which will be available on Samsung’s mobile and wearable devices, will utilize Medtronic’s latest FDA-approved cloud-based display device – MiniMed Connect.
The latest innovation connects your MiniMed insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor (CGM) to your iPhone or iPod Touch. MiniMed Connect provides a more discreet and convenient way for you to manage your diabetes. At the same time, it allows your family and friends to monitor your levels online anywhere, anytime.
MiniMed Connect- What will it do
MiniMed Connect helps you, your care partners and your healthcare team more easily access your diabetes information.
For you: The MiniMed Connect uploader sends pump and sensor information to your MiniMed Connect app on Apple mobile device every five minutes, so you can discretely view your glucose information and insulin pump on your smartphone.
For caregivers: Your information is sent to your personal account, which your care partners can access online to see how you’re doing from anywhere, anytime from their desktop or mobile electronic devices. You can also pre-set text messages to notify your care partners of uncleared pump alarms or when your sensor glucose levels are too high or too low.
For your health care professional: Your pump and sensor history information is automatically uploaded from your pump every 24 hours, giving your doctor easier access to your information.
MiniMed Connect- How does it work
The MiniMed Connect device about the size of a car key fob, rechargeable via USB, and will receive the data from the pump and send it to the nearby phone via Bluetooth. Data will also go to CareLink automatically (CGM data every five minutes, pump data daily), saving healthcare providers and patients downloading hassle. MiniMed Connect imports critical sensor and insulin information from the patients’ MiniMed insulin pump to the app and provides real-time web display on the users’ Android devices, thus facilitating timely treatment.
Per management, this partnership will make MiniMed Connect available to more customers across the globe as almost 80% of mobile users currently own Android-enabled phones.
- MiniMed Connect will work with both the MiniMed 530G with Enlite and the MiniMed Paradigm RevelTM system.
- MiniMed Connect will cost $199 and does not require a prescription to order. It will be available in the fall of 2015.
- MiniMed Connect app for patients is currently designed to work with an iPhone or iPod Touch. An Android version will be coming soon.
- MiniMed Connect will only be available in the United States. More countries to come.
- Diabetes Classification Type Type 1 & Type 2
— JDRF (@JDRF) June 9, 2015