Diabetech selects Cinterion wireless modules for GlucoMON diabetes management system

14 October 2009

Munich-based Cinterion Wireless Modules, a developer of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules, and Diabetech, a provider of patient-centric healthcare programs, have announced their collaboration on the fourth generation GlucoMON platform, the a wireless diabetes management system.

The 4th generation GlucoMON device uses Cinterion’s TC65 Terminal and works in conjunction with Diabetech’s Automated Diabetes Management System (ADMS), which helps manage and control blood glucose levels and change behaviour to avoid potentially deadly consequences of diabetes.

The GlucoMON-ADMS platform is backed by clinical trial outcomes data and major medical plan coverage provided by BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, Driscoll Children’s Health Plan, Medicaid and others. The technology platform operates on the AT&T and T-Mobile cellular networks worldwide.

The GlucoMON appliance is a key component in Diabetech’s ADMS a patient-centric diabetes education and management platform with 24-7, real time worldwide support addressing the millions of people living with diabetes.

By simply connecting a blood glucose meter to the GlucoMON, which utilizes Cinterion’s TC65 Terminal, a series of automated care algorithms are triggered in the remote data centre that analyze information and deliver timely feedback that help users bring blood sugar levels back to a normal range.

“GlucoMON-ADMS is the perfect example of how smart M2M wireless technology can help improve quality of life, making disease management easier and ultimately making people healthier,” said Peter Fowler, regional president, Cinterion Wireless Modules, Americas.

 “We’re very proud to partner with Diabetech who is leading the industry in terms of health insurance coverage and clinical testing which are two mission critical components of telehealth solutions. Our combined strengths made it possible to quickly bring this 4th generation device to market bringing effective preventive health care to those in need.”

The platform distinguishes individual patient profiles and issues and is used in a variety of ways — by adults to simplify their own efforts to maintain healthy blood glucose levels; by concerned parents who receive automated notifications of their child’s blood sugar levels while they are away at a school; and by pregnant mothers with a temporary form of the disease who depend on their doctors and nurses to guide them through a sharp learning curve.

When prudent, GlucoMON-ADMS automatically connects the patient to family members, Diabetech's diabetes educators or outpatient diabetes programs.

“In the past eight years working on more than a dozen clinical trials and many system refinements, we’ve created an intuitive health platform that simplifies patient tasks, creates more efficiencies for providers, significantly improves blood sugar control and decreases costs to the health care system at large,” said Kevin McMahon, Diabetech’s CEO.

“We selected Cinterion for their market leading expertise and high quality M2M products that allowed us to quickly and easily migrate away from previous networks and scale the platform with confidence. With Cinterion’s superior engineering and technology, GlucoMON is now relevant to people worldwide as a catalyst for changing behaviours and improving overall well-being for those struggling with silent killers like diabetes.”

Telehealth M2M solutions such as GlucoMON-ADMS are a quickly growing market segment for their ability to cut medical costs and help manage chronic disease. A study released this summer by ABI Research projects that there will be approximately 15 million wireless telehealth sensors and devices in use by 2012, or more than double the number of wireless telehealth systems in use today.2

In addition to its expanding availability in the US, Diabetech is underway with trial design for type 1 and type 2 diabetes in pregnancy in addition to hospital-based use in the UK with its first UK patient expected in early 2010.

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