Telcare debuts new app for diabetes monitor

Wireless glucose monitor vendor Telcare just added a patient-focused iPhone app, MyTelcare Diabetes Pal, to its glucose monitor product. The app automatically synchronizes with the monitor and captures its latest test results, without requiring the patient to enter the data, Telcare officials say.

The app also provides graphic tables showing patients their latest readings, trending the monitor's findings according to time of day, meal status and activity levels. Additionally, it uploads each test result automatically to the website, where it can be viewed by family members, physicians and others.

The market for mobile-enabled diabetes management appears to be heating up. The app debuts less than a month after the new meter hit the market. We told you in January about a largely positive review for Telcare by the Wall Street Journal, where the device's embedded cellular connectivity earned big kudos from a columnist.  And it comes just a few days after British insulin pump maker, Cellnovo, launched its new mobile-enabled insulin pump, tied to a cell or smartphone for transferring data.

It also follows just days after new data from GSMA predicts that chronic disease management systems, particularly diabetes monitoring products, will grow to a whopping $11 billion by 2017.

To learn more:
- read the TelCare announcement