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Next Generation Google Glucose Monitoring Devices in the Making

Possible new technology to replace fingerstick glucometers…

Google has collaborated with DexCom, a company specializing in glucose monitoring devices to develop a revolutionary low-cost miniature glucometer that could replace the

altfingerstick glucometer. The new device is a wearable sensor that continuously monitors glucose levels and transmits real-time information via Cloud. The price of the device will be much less expensive than current technologies and the device will be much smaller, about the size of a bandage, allowing it to be placed discretely on the skin. The readings come from a larger separate user-friendly monitor that provides more data and data analysis to improve treatment for type 1 and type 2 diabetics. Currently, the companies have not disclosed when the product might be available.

Last month, Google also announced their partnership with Novartis Pharmaceuticals to develop a contact lens that is capable of monitoring glucose levels from tears. The prototype lens contains tiny wireless chips and glucose sensors placed between two layers of soft contact lens material to measure blood glucose levels once every second. However, the glucose-monitoring contact lens is estimated to take a few years to develop as early independent clinical studies have just begun.

Practice Pearls:

  • Google has collaborated with DexCom to develop a revolutionary low-cost bandaged-sized glucometer which could replace the fingerstick glucometer. The new device is a wearable sensor that continuously monitors glucose levels and transmits real-time information via Cloud to a separate monitor.
  • Google has also announced their partnership with Novartis Pharmaceuticals to develop a contact lens which is capable of monitoring glucose levels from tears.
  • Both products will be available within the next few years.

McIntosh, James. “Google to collaborate on ‘next-generation’ glucose monitoring devices.” Medical News Today (MNT). MediLexicon International Ltd, 13 Aug 2015. Web. 19 Aug 2015.