Jeanette Terry was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 11 years old, and she has since lived with diabetes through difficult life transitions, including the teenage years, college, and having children. She addresses the day-to-day struggles of living with diabetes—going beyond medical advice—to improve overall adherence and management.
There are so many devices available to help manage diabetes in this technological age that we live in. It is great that diabetes technology is advancing in an effort to provide more comfort and information to those living with diabetes. However, it is a real shame that very few of the available devices are compatible with each other. There is so much information to be analyzed, and I have often wondered why the software that accompanies each device is so limited. It isn’t user-friendly or share-friendly, and drives me back to just recording everything on paper so that I can keep track of it all.
Storing and sharing data on the cloud
Luckily, a small company based out of Chicago is about to have a big impact on how people living with diabetes analyze the information stored in their various meters, pumps, and CGMs. Livongo Health has received regulatory approval for a new meter that will incorporate a system that uses the cloud to store information not only from a meter, but from nearly all diabetes devices. This will help diabetics and their healthcare providers better analyze data. According to CEO Glen Tullman, “The handheld meter, called In Touch, represents the next generation of Internet-connected health care technology, one in which patients have regular access to updated information about their condition and can share that data with whomever they desire, including their doctor.”
Livongo Health hopes that this In Touch meter will eliminate the need for expensive test strips and will tie glucose testing directly into diabetes care and research. This will be done through In Touch's constant connection and updating of glucose levels to the cloud platform. The cloud stores your data, but also sends you feedback on what your next step should be depending on your blood sugar levels. If you are in need, you can use In Touch to communicate with a Livongo-employed CDE or a CDE or healthcare professional of your choosing. The In Touch comes with a built-in coaching service—something unique and revolutionary.
Changing quality of life for diabetics
If this new system turns out to be as great as it sounds, it could give insights into diabetes management that could change the quality of life for so many living with this disease. It could improve doctor/patient communication and help catch any mistakes or discrepancies in blood sugar tracking.
This is great news for parents of diabetic children that would be able to access their child’s most recent blood sugar reading or pump settings. And for those like me that hate trying to decipher the numbers and complicated information from all of my devices in order to make necessary changes to my management plan, this news brings relief and lifts some weight off of my shoulders.
Diabetes can be a difficult disease to live with, but, thankfully, with increasing technology it is becoming easier to find the resources necessary to achieve the quality of life we desire.
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