Medtronic has announced U.S. commercial availability of MiniMed Connect, the first and only product to enable people with diabetes to discreetly and conveniently view their insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) information on a smartphone.
MiniMed Connect also permits care partners to view and monitor this diabetes information via CareLink Personal, Medtronic's therapy management software.
It delivers preset text notifications to care partners when the person with diabetes experiences sugar levels that go too high or too low or when an alarm on the pump isn't cleared.
With patient permission, and as arranged with their healthcare providers, there can be convenient access to diabetes data in the CareLink reports.
"I tested MiniMed Connect during a recent hike, and it was great to just look at my phone and watch my glucose levels during the trek. Strenuous exercise frequently causes my sugar levels to drop, and this trail was tougher than I anticipated. The convenient access to my sensor information was such a huge help; this was the first hike I've made it through without going low," said Karen Graffeo, blogger at Bitter-Sweet.
MiniMed Connect is compatible with both the MiniMed 530G system and the MiniMed Revel(TM) system. The related smartphone app will initially be available with iOS devices.
Medtronic is working with Samsung to develop an app for Android and optimized experiences on Samsung mobile devices. This is part of an overall strategic partnership between Medtronic and Samsung to explore and develop solutions that deliver greater convenience and discretion for people with diabetes and their care partners.