Medworks launches mobile phone-based glucose meter and a diabetes data management platform

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 Medworks launches mobile phone-based
glucose meter and a diabetes data
management platform

KARACHI: Medworks, a digital healthcare startup centered around the management of diabetes, has launched Glu-Sage, a mobile phone-based glucose meter. Glu-Sage – currently available for Android smartphones and soon coming for iPhones – plugs into the phone’s headphone jack. Using the Medworks application, users can view, save and share their glucose readings.

Medworks was launched last year with a mission to leverage behavioral economics insights to tackle the challenge of diabetes. Diabetes continues to grow rapidly – a study published last year concluded that one in every four Pakistanis is now diabetic.1 High blood glucose levels are major contributors to mortality and morbidity. According to the WHO, global burden of deaths from diabetes is over 3.7 million, and is rising fast.

While diabetes has no cure, certain practices can help to keep it in check. These include checking and recording glucose levels frequently. Doing so reveals vital information so people with diabetes can make food and activity adjustments accordingly. Without this data readily available for patients and healthcare providers, it is difficult to know what the problem areas are. Adjustments to insulin, medication or diet cannot be made without this data readily available.

Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) and its record keeping is challenging for most people. With Glu-Sage and the Medworks application, this problem is addressed – glucose logbooks are automatically maintained and color-coded according to an individual’s glucose targets. The data snapshot section in the application reveals an individual’s trends and provides meal-wise averages. Up to 90 days of data can be stored locally on the phone’s memory, and data prior to 90 days is stored safely and securely on a HIPAA-compliant cloud server, available for retrieval at any point.

For diabetes programs where coaching and counseling is provided, Medworks also supports remote data monitoring from any phone or computer with an internet connection. Healthcare institutes can send data share requests to application users. Upon their acceptance, institutes can remotely monitor their data from any authorized account. Medworks’ director of business development, Faisal Masood, said that the motivation behind providing this option was to tackle the blind spot between two doctor visits. He said that after visiting a doctor, people with diabetes fall off the radar until their next visit. This visit may not be for several months, and the healthcare provider does not know what is happening during this interval with the patient. This blind spot is tackled by providing diabetes educators and coaches with the ability to monitor remotely. Glu-Sage is available at several leading pharmacies in Karachi.

Medworks has also established a partnership with a Europe-approved insulin pump manufacturer, and is offering Insulauto insulin pump, a low-cost option for Type 1 and severe Type 2 diabetics in Pakistan. For further details visit: https://www.medworks.pk (PR).

REFERENCE

  1. Basit A, Fawwad A, Qureshi H NDSP Members, et al. Prevalence of diabetes, pre-diabetes and associated risk factors: Second National Diabetes Survey of Pakistan (NDSP), 2016–2017. BMJ Open 2018;8:e020961. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020961
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