[Medica] German Firm Exhibits Blood Glucose Meter for iPhone/iPad

Nov 23, 2011
Takuya Otani, Nikkei Electronics & Digital Health Online
A panel placed in Medisana Space Technologies' booth
A panel placed in Medisana Space Technologies' booth
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The "GlucoDock" is connected to the iPhone/iPad.
The "GlucoDock" is connected to the iPhone/iPad.
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Medisana Space Technologies GmbH, a Germany-based firm, exhibited a module for measuring blood glucose level with the iPhone or iPad at Medica 2011, a healthcare-related trade show that took place from Nov 16 to 19, 2011, in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Though the location of Medisana's booth was not good, the module, which the company calls "GlucoDock," attracted many visitors who showed great interest in it.

The module is connected to the iPhone's or iPad's port for external devices. When it is connected, a dedicated application software is automatically launched. A dedicated chip is inserted in a port located on the side opposite to the port that connects the iPhone/iPad and the module.

When a drop of blood is placed on the chip, a blood glucose level is displayed on the monitor of the iPhone/iPad in a few seconds. The weight of the module is as light as 14g.

The measured data can be managed like a diary with the application. It is possible to record what the user eats as well as the user's physical condition so that the correlation between blood glucose level and them can be easily checked.

"You can send data to a medical institution and receive advice from it," a staffer of Medisana said.

The company released the GlucoDock in September 2011 through T-Mobile, a Germany-based telecommunications carrier, at a price of 99 euro.