Monitor Your Blood Sugars While You Drive?

Prototype Device Monitors Your Blood Sugars

| Jun 22, 2011

Medtronic and Ford Motor Company have teamed up to develop a prototype device that will allow people with diabetes to monitor their blood glucose levels as they drive. Using Bluetooth technology, the system will connect readings from Medtronic's continuous glucose monitor to Ford's onboard communications system, called "Sync."

Blood sugar levels in drivers are an ongoing safety concern. If their level falls too low, drivers with diabetes can suffer blurred vision or even loss of consciousness that could lead to an accident. If they were able to see dashboard readouts from a CGM attached to their bodies, however, they could quickly take preventive measures when their blood sugar level began trending dangerously low.

For now, the partnership will aim at developing a reliable prototype. Medtronic has become increasingly involved with remote diabetes monitoring capabilities via wireless devices. A company spokesman says the Minneapolis-based company is currently in talks with IBM, Cisco, Apple, Verizon, and Qualcomm regarding such technology.

Ford's interest in offering the diabetes monitoring capability is inspired by its belief that 78 percent of U.S. consumers are interested in mobile health apps.

Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Categories: Apple, Blood Glucose, Bluetooth, Cisco, Continuous Glucose Monitor, Diabetes, Diabetes, Ford, IBM, Medtronic, Mobile Health Apps, Qualcomm, Sync, Trending Low/High, Verizon


Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • What's on the Horizon with Diabetes Research and Therapy
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter

Latest
Popular
Top Rated
Print | Email | Share | Comments (8)

You May Also Be Interested In...


Comments

Posted by Anonymous on 22 June 2011

I find it amazing we can do this, and cannot stop or monitor DRUNK OR IMPAIRED DRIVERS...

Posted by Anonymous on 23 June 2011

Would drivers be more likely to drive low, and hope that their BS levels would improve? Sometimes stress can add to the challenge...if in a traffic jam, are you chancing going low?

Posted by shosty on 23 June 2011

Why don't they concentrate first on making a continuous glucose monitor that is accurate and easy to use. I think they are getting a little ahead of themselves here. We would be most interested in knowing that our daughter will get through the night safely. While driving, she can test every hour or so, but while asleep, well...she tests every 3 or 4 hours, but still has lows.

Posted by Anonymous on 23 June 2011

Yes - if you can afford to use a Continuous Glucose Monitor System. Medicare will not pay for this device nor for the disposable sensors which cost $40 for less than a week's use. Dream on -

Posted by rstryker on 24 June 2011

Wonderful! This is exciting technology.

Posted by Anonymous on 24 June 2011

While on the surface this looks like a good idea, it will be used in court by insurance companies against diabetics. I can only find use in something like this to monitor a child that might be sleeping in the backseat on a long car ride and you want to make sure their BS is in a good range. Otherwise, big brother, no thanks.

Posted by Anonymous on 28 June 2011

The makers are clearly planning for this device to feed back information to physicians etc. How long before these records are either hacked or subpoenad in a crash, with drivers' decisions second-guessed by courts based on mobile health readings? Smartphone technology has shown us that mobile connectivity devices collect, store and feed back more information than customers expect or consent to. Say NO! to this and go with a stand-alone health monitoring device instead.

Posted by chanson3633 on 1 July 2011

Is this an improvement over the existing technology? As far as I can tell you're just moving the readout for your CGM from one place to another. why is it better to have the readout on the dashboard rather than the meter that you have with you all the time? I don't get it.


Add your comments about this article below. You can add comments as a registered user or anonymously. If you choose to post anonymously your comments will be sent to our moderator for approval before they appear on this page. If you choose to post as a registered user your comments will appear instantly.

When voicing your views via the comment feature, please respect the Diabetes Health community by refraining from comments that could be considered offensive to other people. Diabetes Health reserves the right to remove comments when necessary to maintain the cordial voice of the diabetes community.

For your privacy and protection, we ask that you do not include personal details such as address or telephone number in any comments posted.

Don't have your Diabetes Health Username? Register now and add your comments to all our content.

Have Your Say...


Username: Password:
Comment:
©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.