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New Apple iPhone App for Managing Diabetes

March 18 2009 | by

At the Apple iPhone OS 3.0 launch yesterday at the company’s Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, Apple announced a bunch of new features for the iPhone that will be available (via upgrade) this summer. There wasn’t much in the way of accessibility improvements, though the Apple team gave stage time to LifeScan’s Anita Mathew, who discussed her company’s new diabetes-management iPhone application. (LifeScan is a Johnson & Johnson company.) The app lets users upload glucose readings from their connected blood glucose monitors (the finger-pricking machine) to their iPhone via Bluetooth. Within the app itself, patients can track blood sugar levels over the course of the day, allowing them to plan future meals by checking sugar levels in certain foods. The patient can also e-mail or text that blood sugar information to others, such as parents, helping them monitor their kids’ health. A popular diabetes blog, Diabetesmine, says the app “is certainly going to be a lot more useful than most current iPhone apps for diabetes, like DiabetesLog, which require you to enter a bunch of numbers manually.” Those with diabetes will also be able to use their app on the iTouch for a $9.95 upgrade fee.

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