The Apple Health app creates a seamless connection between various diabetes devices and the overall HealthKit available to iOS users. This app consolidates the health data which comes from an individual’s iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, or their third-party apps.
This information then allows people to view their health and lifestyle information, goals, and overall fitness progress.
One of the most significant advances in this technology category involves an app called Share2, which is produced by Dexcom and is intended for the Apple Watch.
Share2 offers individuals diagnosed with diabetes access to continuous glucose monitoring information. You can look at your Apple Watch, and then know what your current glucose levels happen to be.
How Does This Connectivity Work?
Sensors offered by the app manufacturers use a very thin wire that gets placed just under the surface of the skin. Then a transmitter clips to the wire, sending glucose data through Bluetooth to the continuous glucose monitoring receiver. This data then passes from the receiver to your preferred Apple device.
This process makes it possible for each person to view their glucose trends in a graph-based format. They can also share this information with their friends, family, or doctor thanks to the “Follow” app that is currently available for the Apple Watch and the iPhone.
Sharing health data like this is going to be a vital aspect of patient care in the future. It offers a security blanket for loved ones who are also caregivers. This information set up makes it possible to know as a spouse when your partner’s glucose numbers plummet, even if you happen to be away from home at the time.
Parents can use this technology to keep track of their children’s numbers. Caregivers of older adults can take advantage of this data for daily diabetes management. More information makes it possible to create better outcomes.
Are There Limitations to This Technology?
Dexcom is currently working on his fifth generation of systems. The goal is to allow users to leave their continuous glucose monitoring receiver at home, with the transmitter sending data directly to their Apple device.
There is also the fact that this technology only works with Apple products at the moment. Since this brand is more of a luxury item for many households, it could fall outside of what their family budget can afford.
Users may still need to keep extra devices nearby for quick checks of their blood glucose numbers, but the Apple Watch app is much less conspicuous than a handheld receiver when you need to check your levels out in public.
People who manage their diabetes want to continue maintaining their lifestyle as best as they can with their diagnosis. They don’t want to be trying to juggle multiple devices at once when they’re at work, sharing lunch with a loved one, or shopping at the mall. They want something that is simple and easy to use.
That is why Apple Health and its diabetes connectivity are helpful today. It will continue to improve in the ways that it assists in the months and years to come as well.