iBGStar: Marrying iPhones and Meters

by Leighann on September 23, 2010

You know I am on a quest to simplify diabetes data management for our family. What does this mean? I want to be able to plug our glucose meter and insulin pump directly into my Mac and download data. As I’ve said before: I’m a Mac, Diabetes is a PC.

I recently told you that WaveSense is coming out with a Direct Connect Cable which will allow you to plug your Jazz meter into your iPhone, download data, and even e-mail it to your care team. (As of this writing the cable is not yet available.)

It’s a start. Seeming how we are a two iPhone (plus Touch, iMac, and Macbook) family, anything that connects to one of these peaks my interest. Now if only the meter and insulin pump that we already use and like would connect!

Sanofi-Aventis, maker of the WaveSense line, announced this week a new product that has me even more jazzed than the Jazz: the iBGStar blood glucose meter.

iBGStar Meter and iPhone

From the iBGStar Press Release: “BGStar® and iBGStar™ have been designed by listening to the needs and desires of people with diabetes. Both products aim to integrate convenient, accurate and easy-to-use blood glucose management with decision-making support in everyday lives of people with diabetes. The ultra-compact iBGStar™ can be plugged into an iPhone® or iPod touch® and displays results on a full-color, touch screen. It can also be used separately for on-the-go testing. The specially-designed and simple iBGStar™ Diabetes Manager App will allow data to be easily managed and communicated to healthcare professionals.”

From what I have read in the press release and on their website, the tiny meter can work by itself or when plugged into an iPhone, there will be a iBGStar™ Diabetes Manager App, and cases that integrate the iPhone and meter into one will be available (maybe initially for free and then later for sale).

The orientation of the test strip in the stand alone meter looks a little ackward to me, but makes perfect sense when it’s connected to the iPhone.

I can’t wait to get my hands (and my daughter’s fingertips) on the iBGStar meter and give it a try. Of course after the FDA approval comes through and it hits the market.

You can read a more detailed description on Diabetes Mine.

More blood glucose meter reviews.

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1 Lorraine September 23, 2010 at 8:06 am

Can’t wait for this. I love that WaveSense app, but it’s so cumbersome to input manually. I might actually consider using this meter rather than the integrated OmniPod one, though that will be a tough call.

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2 Leighann September 23, 2010 at 8:52 am

It’s tiny enough that we could throw it in the OmniPod case and use it.

Since I began using the bolus calculator on the OmniPod, I find it so quick to do everything right there on the PDM. The bolus calculator really takes out a lot of steps, thinking, and math. (Thanks for your help getting going with it!)

But the day that I find a product that works with my Mac (or iPhone) and works well, I will be tempted to switch.

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3 Lorraine September 23, 2010 at 9:28 am

You bring up a good point: It’s tiny enough you could throw it in the OmniPod case and LOSE it!

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