Advantages of a Wireless Diabetes Monitoring System

In type 2 diabetes, the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore it. Insulin is needed by the body to breakdown glucose for energy. When glucose builds up in the blood, instead of going into cells, it can lead to a number of serious health problems, affecting the eye, kidney, heart and other body functions. Today, there are approximately 25.8 million people in the US, or 8.3% of the population, afflicted with type 2 diabetes. The key to controlling type 2 diabetes is through diet, exercise and through testing and watching blood sugar readings on a consistent and reliable basis.

To help better address the healthcare needs of people afflicted with type 2 diabetes, one company has a wireless diabetes management system enabling blood sugar level readings to be transmitted over the cell phone network and then have them stored and managed by healthcare providers through a web-enabled diabetes management software. The system can collect and then transmit readings from most any of the glucose meters available in the US market today.

This wireless diabetes management solutions consist of a "connector" integrated wireless device, software application and a PC interface module. The connector enables the transmission of blood sugar readings from glucose meters through any GSM cellular network. The software application stores and manages patients' data. The PC-interface module enables patients' data to be graphically viewed on any computer or PDA connected through the Internet.

Upon receipt of newly submitted patient data, the systems' server software generates and send feedback messages directly to the patient, via cell-phone or personal computer. The feedback messages are selected by the system based on the patient's historical data.

Through this wireless diabetes management solution, healthcare professionals have the ability to remotely review and better manage patient's blood sugar levels as well as set thresholds to flag readings, according to specific blood sugar levels. In addition, the system has the ability to contact patients via text or email. The solution also enables patients to login and create personal accounts via the Internet as well as to allow them to select which Personal Health Record (PHR) or Electronic Health Record (EMR) system they would like to store their data within or outside the system.

Some of the advantages of using this diabetes management tool, over current practices of collecting patient blood sugar data, include: greater accuracy in reading and storing blood sugar level data by patients and healthcare givers, more reliable remote access to patient blood sugar readings by healthcare providers and ability to provide coaching and positive reinforcement of patient behaviors to improve healthier lifestyles. Additionally, the wireless device is small and portable enough that it can be used anywhere there is access to a GSM cellular network.

Barry Inouye is the President and CEO of Confidant Systems and more information on this new wireless diabetes management system can be found at