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IoT Technology Helps Diabetic Patients Share Data

Brighter AB's Actiste system, being piloted in the United Arab Emirates, tests glucose levels and administers insulin with a single device, then saves the related data and forwards it to authorized parties, such as doctors and family members.
By Claire Swedberg

Physicians could access that data on a dashboard in the cloud-based software, as well as view data related to all patients using the system, monitor their habits over time, and identify when problems occur, such as a patient not testing glucose levels as often as he or she should. This data is useful not only historically, but in real time in the event of an emergency, Norström says. For instance, if someone were to come home from work to find his or her diabetic spouse unconscious or in distress, that person could view data in the Actiste system or access the app to see what activities had taken place. For instance, if the diabetic patient had not kept up with scheduled insulin injections, the response would be different than if too much insulin had been administered.

"Now, they can see the necessary data and make a life-saving decision," Norström says. By connecting to mobile operators that are using Ericsson's IoT Accelerator service, the Brighter software can view content such as where its devices are being used around the world. The company is also able to view the functionality of each device, along with whether it is having battery problems or other issues. In that way, the firm can send a replacement device or otherwise address the problem with the patient preemptively.

Brighter's Henrik Norström
According to Norström, the company has been working with the UAE Ministry of Health to begin the pilot, which he says will begin in the coming weeks. "We chose the UAE because it has one of the highest rates of diabetes," he explains. A pilot is also in the planning stages in Southeast Asia. In the long run, the company hopes to see the technology in use all around the world.

Ericsson's IoT Accelerator makes the rollout of a global solution possible, Skånstad-Shand says. The telecommunications company already works with 35 local carriers to ensure secure cellular connections worldwide, and it has been working closely with Brighter as the startup developed its solution. "We are proud to be part of this project," she states. "It's been a long journey. We came onboard at the time that they needed to decide what technology suited their needs." The cellular connection, she says, will be future-proof, scalable and secure, and will provide global reach. "This is a true collaboration between a large cellular provider that has been around for more than 140 years and a startup trying to change lives."

Brighter AB will sell the solution as a fee-based service, and will provide the necessary needles and other consumables, as well as recycling services for consumables used. The data helps Brighter to keep each patient's medications replenished, Norström says. "Since we know the stock they are using," he notes, "we can refill the stock as they need it," making re-ordering unnecessary. Users would not buy the device itself, but rather pay a monthly fee of about $60. "Obviously, this needs to be a solution that is affordable. Therefore, we have adopted a universal pricing model that is subscription-based."

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