Telehealth for diabetes: two new developments

1) A plug-in glucose meter for the iPhone. Just unveiledĀ  “the world’s first attachment to iPhone and iPod that is a standalone medical device.” The plug-in, dubbed iBGStar, was developed by Sanofi-aventis and AgaMatrix. Since none of the iPhone applications and attachments are classified as medical devices by the US’s FDA, they are sold for ‘non medical’ uses only. Eh?? More information from MedGadget.

2) UK company Telehealth Solutions is working with Axis-Shield to enable monitoring something called ‘HbA1c’. Unlike blood sugar levels which can vary widely during a day, HBA1c tells a doctor accurately what the average blood sugar level was for the past 8 weeks. Press release.