Cambridge Consultants unveiled an innovative medical device concept for managing diabetes that uses NFC, the close-proximity wireless communications standard, to integrate glucometers and insulin pumps. The device, developed with Philips, targets millions of diabetics worldwide, and may be the first of a new generation of medical devices using the wireless technology.
NFC wirelessly links a glucometer and an insulin pump. The glucometer records the blood sugar reading and then recommends a bolus dose of insulin. If the patient accepts the dose, then they simply swipe the glucometer against the insulin pump, which could be located beneath clothing, and the drug is delivered.
This is amazing for several reasons. First and foremost, the patient is in on the decision. And right up there next is where else can it be used? Cambridge lists pain, asthma, respiratory care, gastric electrical stimulation therapy, and congestive heart failure and urinary urge incontinence treatment.
Relying on the inherent nature of NFC and its working range of just 10 cm, a user must intentionally bring NFC devices into close proximity to make a connection, transfer information and then trigger the process.
I love to see these types of applications. Yes, I know that the hundreds of products and apps introduced daily are important too, but it's especially cool to see technology used in unique and life-improving ways.