Entra Health's wireless blood glucose meter aids home diabetes
18 December 2011
Entra Health Systems has announced the integration of the
company's MyGlucoHealth Wireless blood glucose metre with the recently
unveiled 2net Platform from Qualcomm Life Inc.
The new 2net Hub, a plug-and-play connectivity gateway into
the 2net Platform's data centre, will allow MyGlucoHealth to provide
a standalone home monitoring solution for assisted living,
caregiver/home monitoring devices, as well as for use in
diabetes-based fitness centres, hospitals and clinics.
"The 2net Platform opens up a broad range of markets for
MyGlucoHealth Wireless technology," said Richard Strobridge, CEO of
Entra Health. "It's a new opportunity that provides immediate
interconnection between interactive devices within a homecare
environment. The wireless link created by the 2net Hub allows a
connected care team to receive real-time testing data, which the
team can use to aid patients in better controlling their diabetes.
MyGlucoHealth offers immediate feedback and resources to keep the
patient connected and motivated to better manage their personal care
and improve their lifestyle."
"Our engagement with Entra Health is bringing to life our vision
for better connected care that can have a significant impact on the
management of chronic disease," said Rick Valencia, vice president
and general manager of Qualcomm Life. "MyGlucoHealth is engineered
to enable the availability of important diabetes management
information via the 2net Platform. It gives clinicians access to
data that they can use in an effort to increase patient involvement,
improve clinical outcomes and reduce the overall cost of chronic
"By collaborating with Qualcomm Life, MyGlucoHealth Wireless is
now able to offer an affordable solution that connects patients with
a wide range of healthcare resources," Strobridge added. "In the US,
diabetes affects nearly 10% of the population and that percentage is
significantly higher among elder Americans. In underserved rural and
ethnic populations, diabetes is pervasive, grossly under monitored
and extremely expensive to manage. In many cases, public health is
paying for patient neglect and the lack of local care providers. We
see the MyGlucoHealth/2net Platform integration as an unobtrusive
means of extending the reach of clinicians into a patient's home or
assisted living environment to provide better care and ultimately
alleviate some unnecessary healthcare expenditures."
The MyGlucoHealth Wireless meter offers Bluetooth transmission of
blood glucose testing to the 2net Hub. The Hub uploads results over
the cellular network to a patient's secure online electronic
journal. Test data can then be automatically integrated with a
patient's electronic health record (EHR) or personal health record
(PHR) to streamline clinical workflow and provide clinicians with
data that can help identify potential issues. Persons with diabetes,
clinicians and caregivers can also access test data through a mobile
phone or the Web.