How might smart phones (also known as handheld computation devices) such as the iPhone change diabetes care? Many folks know that when Apple previewed their new iPhone 3.0 OS that they also showed a number of potential medical applications. One showed a blood pressure cuff with readings being exported and displayed (and presumably saved) on the iPhone. Another showed a blood glucose meter (BGM) beaming readings to an iPhone. (for more with pictures see this coverage of Apple OS 3.0).
It is important to note that both of these demonstrations were just that- demonstrations- they showed capabilities and potential rather than "available now" features. However, there are a number of applications available now for use by folks with diabetes. Most are stand-alone like calorie counters, glucose logs, carb counters- they are iPhone 1.0 applications and don't use the full functionality of the iPhone such as geo-positioning, auto-call, online sourcing, etc. But newer, more integrated applications for people to more fully manage their diabetes are emerging.
But this is only significant to a small subset of people with diabetes, right? Well, yes and no. About 6% of people with diagnosed diabetes in the US have iPhones . That's a small %, but in absolute numbers, it's about 1Million people!
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