Apple is said to have worked for Apple Watch to monitor its users’ blood glucose levels non-invasively. Diabetics use this reading to determine the amount of insulin they should take before eating and usually require a stick to draw blood. A similar feature for Apple’s wearable could be years away. The company has worked to become a significant presence in the healthcare sector, and CEO Tim Cook states that health care will be Apple’s greatest contribution to humanity. With this in mind, CNBC today reports that some Apple stores have started selling a blood glucose reader (called a glucometer) that is synchronized with the iPhone, the Apple Watch and the Apple Health app.
The One Drop glucometer, priced at $69.95, has an iPhone app and a separate Apple Watch app. The meter takes the data from the blood taken from the diabetic and sends it to the One Drop app, where it is integrated with the Apple Health app. The latter will allow diabetics to see their blood sugar data and associated analyzes. There is also a subscription service that delivers test strips to users of the device. Each test requires the insertion of a strip in the glucometer.
“I believe that Apple’s perspective on consumerized, data-driven self-care is where the industry is going to be pulled to, versus the expensive, bureaucratic, not-data driven current healthcare system. Our ability to align ourselves with that, and help drive that story, is what we see as the benefit of working with Apple.” – Jeff Dachis, CEO One Drop.
Perhaps The Apple Watch Will One Day Be Equipped With A Non-Invasive Glucometer
The One Drop app also has the option to purchase additional training to help users manage their diabetes. Those who buy the One Drop meter will receive a year of free training from a certified diabetes educator. And unlike most glucometers, One Drop looks like an expensive electronic consumer device. One Drop CEO Jeff Dachis said the product was created to create a sense of love and joy when using the product. “We share a design philosophy (with Apple),” said Dachis. “We want our products and services to look good, so people like them don’t hear the word ‘nice’ often in the medical care space.”
Perhaps one day the Apple Watch will immediately give blood glucose readings to diabetics by touching the screen. But until then, you can buy and use a device like the One Drop meter together with the Apple Health app to help diabetics better control their disease. There are also a number of iOS apps that track blood glucose readings, but none come with the actual glucometer required to produce those readings.
Apple’s health initiative currently revolves around its smartwatch. Apple Watch Series 4 offers a heart rate monitor and an electrocardiogram sensor (ECG). The latter looks for an abnormal heart rate that could be a sign of atrial fibrillation (AFib). This condition can cause blood clots, strokes, and death. The watch also has a fall detector that is automatically enabled for device owners aged 65 and over. If the watch owner falls, the watch detects it, hits the user’s wrist and sounds an alarm. The user can use the watch to contact emergency services or to turn off the alarm. If the watch determines that the user does not move after about a minute, he will call 911 and send a message to the watch owner’s emergency contacts; that message indicates that the user has suffered a serious fall and includes the position of the injured party. These features have already saved the lives of many Apple Watch users.
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