More than 29 million Americans live with diabetes. To better improve care for those affected by this chronic disease, Samsung has partnered with Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology, to provide more convenient and discreet solutions for diabetics. This partnership, announced at the American Diabetes Association’s 75th Scientific Sessions, was formed over a mutual interest in consumer mobile technology and in providing world-class diabetes care management systems.
Solutions for Now and the Future
The partnership for better diabetes care is focused on both long- and short-term initiatives. In the future, Samsung and Medtronic plan to integrate mobile and wearable devices with their diabetes management systems. First, however, they will focus on delivering better day-to-day access to diabetes data through the development of mobile applications specifically optimized for Samsung devices.
For example, Samsung will accelerate the development of an Android version of Medtronic’s latest product, MiniMed® Connect, and provide an optimized experience on Samsung devices.
MiniMed Connect is the first product to allow individuals to discreetly and conveniently see their insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) information on smartphones.
“By addressing more of the social and emotional aspects of living with diabetes and improving lifestyle fit, we believe that more people worldwide will be able to experience better diabetes control than today’s advanced therapies provide,” said Alejandro Galindo, vice president and general manager of the Intensive Insulin Management Business Unit at Medtronic.
Monitoring for Healthcare Professionals and Loved Ones
MiniMed Connect, which works with the MiniMed 530G and MiniMed Revel insulin pump and CGM systems, also allows loved ones to remotely monitor and receive text notifications about their current status, adding additional convenience to the entire diabetes management process and piece of mind for family and friends.
Lastly, MiniMed Connect provides healthcare providers with convenient access to their patients’ insulin pump and CGM data. All historical insulin pump and CGM data are automatically uploaded every 24 hours to CareLink Personal, Medtronic’s online diabetes management software. Health care providers no longer have to spend valuable time managing device data uploads during clinic visits.
“Patients are seeking better ways not only to monitor their condition but also to enjoy a greater quality of life. We are excited to partner with Medtronic to develop diabetes management solutions that produce positive change and greater autonomy for people living with diabetes,” said Dr. David Rhew, chief medical officer and head of healthcare and fitness for Samsung Electronics America.
To find more about Samsung’s initiatives to deliver more mobile, connected healthcare experiences, visit our solutions page.