Another iPhone Compatible Gadget, Just Not a Blood Glucose Meter

by Leighann on January 14, 2011

iPhone Blood Pressure Cuff

CES in Las Vegas each January marks the launch of lots of new tech products. One company, Withings, announced a blood pressure cuff that plugs into your iPhone.

Says Withings co-founder Cédric Hutchings: “Apple revolutionized the world of smartphones by making them more user-friendly than ever before. By adding connectivity to high-tech devices, we simplify their usage and enrich them with extra services. Our goal is to take the drama out of using devices that can promote healthier lifestyles for all.”

Wouldn’t that be nice to “take the drama out of using devices (such as blood glucose meters) that can promote healthier lifestyles?”

Today I was once again online pricing PC’s. Do I need to buy a new computer?

No. I am perfectly happy with my iMac and Macbook. But as we all know, I’m a Mac and diabetes is a PC.

I have so many other things to spend my money (that I don’t have) on.

But the insulin pump and blood glucose meter we use are not Mac-compatible and I really want to download our data. Really.

Seriously, Abbott and OmniPod. I’m literally tired of logging by hand and then entering page after page of numbers bleary-eyed into Excel to fax to our endo’s office.

I want graphs that might show me patterns.

And I don’t really want to switch the type of insulin pump or blood glucose meter we use.

You are being short-sighted.

So my question is: Why do we keep seeing innovation and Mac-integration and products being brought to market in every area except diabetes?

What do we want?

Mac-compatibility!

When do we want it?

Now!

Further Reading

iBG Star: Marrying iPhones and Meters

I’m a Mac, Diabetes is a PC

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lorraine January 14, 2011 at 7:26 am

No luck with bootcamp?

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2 Leighann January 14, 2011 at 7:34 am

More to come on that!

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3 Kerry January 14, 2011 at 7:30 am

Does co-pilot health from Abbot not work with MAC? that is the program we downloaded on our PC to collect the data from our Omnipod. It creates more graphs than you will ever need. If it works with MAC I would totally recommend it.

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4 Leighann January 14, 2011 at 7:35 am

It is not compatible with Mac, only runs on Windows unfortunately. There is a work around that I will post more about later!

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5 Patty April 16, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I too am a mac and my son’s use omnipod and dexcom. We just switched from the mm revel a couple of months ago and last week mm announced that now you can use caroling with mac…..are you kidding me?

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6 Jeanne Birmingham January 14, 2011 at 9:49 am

Leighann,
I love reading your blog, keep up the good work.
My husband and I share your frustration with Mac compatibility and diabetes. Our son was diagnosed a year and a half ago (he’s now 6) and we LOVE technology and how it can make life so much easier.
My hubby is a computer engineer and has written software for the pc for many moons. When I got a Mac for the first time 7yrs ago he fell in love with Mac and all that it has to offer. We are now a Mac house filled with iphones, ipads, iwatches etc etc.
To my point- he has Windows running within our Mac computers.
If you would like to know how to do this send me an e-mail and he said he would walk you through it.
We can do this until Mr. Jobs steps up to the plate and makes something for us too.
Jeanne

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7 Denise January 14, 2011 at 10:10 am

We had that issue with our Dex software but my husband was able to get Windows for our Mac so now we can use it. the Animas software is Mac compatible already.
But I TOTALLY agree with you. And Macs rock! So why aren’t companies making things Mac compatible?

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