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Almost 30 million children and adults in the United States suffer from diabetes costing the healthcare industry more than $245 billion annually, according to the American Diabetes Association. Managing diabetes effectively requires daily ongoing management to keep blood sugar levels under control. People with diabetes interact with their insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system throughout the day and are looking for solutions that are easy to use and fit into their lifestyle.
Improving Mobile Access to Personal Diabetes Data
To help improve care for diabetic patients, delivering more discreet and convenient access to personal diabetes data is critical. Samsung and Medtronic recently announced a partnership to deliver more discreet and convenient access to personal diabetes data by developing mobile applications optimized for Samsung mobile devices that will enable the viewing of insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) information. This application will work with Medtronic’s MiniMed Connect product, which provides easy access to important diabetes information for people with diabetes as well as remote alerts for their loved ones, and is expected to be available in the United States later this year.
In addition, MiniMed Connect will provide healthcare providers with more frequent and convenient access to their patients’ insulin pump and CGM via mobile connectivity so they can adjust care plans. Through this partnership, the MiniMed Connect will ultimately be available to more people worldwide, since close to 80% of mobile phone users utilize the Android operating system globally.
All historical insulin pump and CGM data are automatically uploaded every 24 hours to CareLink Personal, Medtronic’s online diabetes management software. The product is expected to be available this fall.
Health care providers no longer have to spend valuable time managing device data uploads during clinic visits. Care partners will now have access to their patient’s diabetes information online. Patients can also preset text messages to notify their friends and family of uncleared pump alarms or when their sensor glucose levels are too high or low.
“By addressing more of the social and emotional aspects of living with diabetes and improving lifestyle fit, we believe that more people worldwide will be able to experience better diabetes control than today’s advanced therapies provide,” said Alejandro Galindo, vice president and general manager of the Intensive Insulin Management Business Unit at Medtronic.
To find more about Samsung’s initiatives to deliver more mobile, connected healthcare experiences, visit our solutions page.