Networking hardware maker Zyxel will integrate its Smart Home Gateway with Entra Health Systems' wireless glucometer to send blood sugar data to caregivers in real time.
, a leading maker of
networking and security hardware for the home and small business markets, has
announced an agreement to integrate its Smart Home Gateway with Entra Health Systems'
MyGlucoHealth Bluetooth-enabled blood glucose meter.
companies announced the partnership from the Consumer Electronics Show on
Jan. 5 in Las Vegas.
Entra Health, its goal in providing real-time connectivity to patients' blood
glucose readings was to provide more accountability so caregivers and diabetes
educators-whether they're doctors, family members or nutritionists-know when
family members are taking their numbers, according to Richard Strobridge, CEO
of Entra Health.
diabetics on average only seeing their endocrinologists or internists every
three months, failing to regularly check their blood sugar levels can be
dangerous, Strobridge suggested.
of the issues we start with is that diabetics would test their blood or not
test their blood. They would not share those results with either their clinical
care team or their family care team for months at a time," Strobridge told
eWEEK. "That leads to a lot of different issues in terms of testing and
compliance and really trying to avoid the highs and lows that occur when you
don't track your blood glucose well along with diet and exercise."
Zyxel SHG-connected MyGlucoHealth meter improves the accuracy and frequency of
patients' blood glucose testing while reducing the need for doctor visits,
according to the two companies.
see it as a one-button solution that simplifies and automates the upload
process for the elderly or infirmed," Strobridge said.
MyGlucoHealth device is the first FDA-cleared and CE-certified
Bluetooth-enabled glucometer, according to Entra Health.
one-button functionality of the glucometer provides more ease of use for
elderly users than a mobile app would, according to Strobridge.
started down the road of building a glucometer into a mobile phone but realized
that for a variety of reasons-reimbursement reasons being one of them, and
cost-that was probably not the right way to go," Strobridge said.
the MyGlucoHealth is compatible with apps on mobile platforms such as Android
and BlackBerry, he noted.
wanted something that would be very easy for the elderly to use and get their
blood glucose results out," Strobridge added.
drawing blood, the user presses an arrow button on the MyGlucometer device to
send data through Bluetooth to the Zyxel SHG. The readings then travel over
Ethernet or 3G to the MyGlucoHealth Web portal. The site's analytics
engine then processes the data and sends a text message to the caregiver with
notification that the patient's numbers are available for evaluation.
data can flow into a patient's PHR (personal health record) in the Entra Health
Web portal or the EHRs (electronic health records) that doctors maintain. The
MyGlucoHealth portal supports the HL7 (Health Level 7 International) standard
for compatibility of EHR data.
patient's PHR portal can also store exercise and nutrition information as well
as blood pressure and cholesterol test results.
the fixed cable or DSL connection fails, the
SHG can switch to a 3G connection, Dana Patrick, director of North American
channels for Zyxel, told eWEEK. In the first quarter of 2011, the SHG will
support 4G, he said.
SHG can connect up to five MyGlucoHealth wireless meters and serve users in
clinics, nursing homes, health clubs and public health centers.
MyGlucoHealth device can store 50 days of readings, or 255 tests, Strobridge
creates SHG modules for health care clients that connect to medical sensors
through Bluetooth, Ethernet USB, WiFi or
ZigBee, Patrick said.
whole system is designed to encourage more frequent testing, and most of the
studies are showing that patients that test more regularly can stay in more
control of their diabetes," Bruce Ahern, chief marketing officer for Entra
Health, told eWEEK.
announcement at CES
, Qualcomm said on Jan. 4 that it will integrate its
wireless IEM (Internet of Everything Module) with health care technology
provider Telcare's 3G-enabled 3GM blood glucose meter to help diabetics better
manage their condition.