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Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Op-Ed | 0 comments

Google and Apple Want to Monitor Your Health

While not quite the cure related news we typically cover, given a recent flood of information about tech developments in Google and Apple, we thought we should take the time to talk about the matter.

For those of you who don’t know, Google has been working on a contact lens that can read your blood sugar. We spoke about it a few months ago, debating the merits of the project as well as it’s desirability. Well, just this past week Apple unveiled new technology in IOS 8 that would allow people to monitor aspects of their health, and allow developers to create more specific apps to monitor different diseases.

What does all of this mean? Well, clearly, the health industry–particularly managing general health or chronic conditions–is booming. These tech titans would not be getting involved ( or creating the tools for others to get involved) if their wasn’t the possibility of turning this into a large business. However, many skeptics believe that Big-Tech might not be the best people for the job. In this great write-up by DiabetesMine, they discuss how while monitoring is all well and good, until you can connect that feedback to a device ( in the case of T1D’s, getting these apps to work with pumps or cgms), it’s not really a big improvement or all the useful. However, in order to do this, these tech giants will have to tussle with the FDA, something they’ve never before had to deal with, and an arguably stands in staunch opposition to the general speed and push-to-market of the tech industry. I urge you to read up on these new initiatives and what they could mean for T1D’s, as well as people with other diseases.

Onto our community: How many of you use some sort of tracking tool outside of a notebook with your numbers, or what you put into your pump? Is this something you’d be interested in? Perhaps more importantly, is it something you’d be interested in from one of these big tech giants? At what point would Apple convince you to use their health-monitoring apps?

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Until Next Time

-Nick

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