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.

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

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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.

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