Pump It Up

Diabetes has been declared an epidemic by the World Health Organization. Despite many recent medical advances, the disease remains difficult to manage. One encouraging development is that Cambridge Consultants has devised a way based on wireless Near Field Communication to integrate glucometers and insulin pumps.



The handheld glucometer records the blood sugar reading and, depending on the level, might recommend a bolus dose of insulin. If the patient accepts the dose, he or she delivers the drug by swiping the glucometer against the pump, even if it's worn beneath clothing. Keeping the patient in the loop enhances confidence and security, and allows dosage calculations in accordance with the user's activities.

Additional benefits include improved dosing accuracy, data logging for compliance monitoring, and a reduction in the amount of handling or disturbing the pump.

Free Newsletter

Like this article? Subscribe to FierceSensors!

The sensors industry is constantly changing as innovation runs the market’s trends. FierceSensors subscribers rely on our suite of newsletters as their must-read source for the latest news, developments and analysis impacting their world. Register today to get sensors news and updates delivered right to your inbox.

The underlying technology could find use as well for pain relief, asthma and respiratory care, gastric electrical stimulation therapy, and treatments for congestive heart failure or urinary urge incontinence. (www.sensorsmag.com/0906/RDPump)

Suggested Articles

OmniVision's new OX01F10 SoC module provides automotive designers with a small form factor with low-light performance, ultra-low power and reduced cost.

Several industry leaders have formed a QSFP-DD800 Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) Group to expedite development of high-speed, double-density, quad small form…

NXP Semiconductors N.V. has announced its secure fine ranging chipset, SR100T, to achieve precise positioning performance for next-generation UWB-enabled…