J&J Integrates Diabetes Management App with Apple HealthKit
Diabetic patients using Johnson & Johnson’s LifeScan OneTouch Reveal mobile diabetes management app can now view their blood sugar readings directly in the Apple Health app on their iPhone and choose to securely share that data with their providers.
Integrated with Apple’s HealthKit, J&J says it is the first major blood glucose monitoring manufacturer to directly support the Apple Health app, which provides a dashboard of health and fitness data. Users who wirelessly sync their blood sugar data to the OneTouch Reveal app can sync that data with the Apple Health app to be alerted when their blood glucose levels are running too high or too low.
“That helps them to figure out when changes are necessary to get their blood sugar back in control so that they don’t have to wait until their next doctor’s appointment,” says David DeJonghe, worldwide director of marketing for digital engagement and new product development at J&J Diabetes Solutions. “The data can be shared in the cloud and a physician can actually look at it and see how a patient is performing over time, connecting the patient and the healthcare professional so they can make decisions together.”
Launched last year by Apple, the HealthKit application programming interface has been gaining momentum as a software platform for developers to enable apps that provide health and fitness services to share their data with Apple’s Health app. HealthKit collects data from disparate health and fitness apps and makes it available to Apple users through the Health app. As part of HealthKit, health information is stored in a centralized secure location and users decide which data should be shared with the app.
“We’re giving patients the ability to look at their glucose numbers in relationship to other things going on in their lives through the Apple Health app such as physical activity, diet, and sleep patterns,” adds Brian Levy, M.D., chief medical officer of J&J Diabetes Solutions, which includes LifeScan.
According to Levy, patients can give permissions to providers as well as care givers such as family members to see their data available from the Apple Health app.
“Diabetes is a really complex disease to manage and one size never fits all in that each patient living with diabetes is different from another with different needs,” he concludes. “Integrating the OneTouch Reveal app with Apple HealthKit allows patients to put the pieces of their own diabetes puzzle together so that they can communicate more intelligently and meaningfully with their healthcare professional to figure out what’s best for them.”
The OneTouch Reveal mobile app is available for free download from the Apple App Store or can be found at www.OneTouch.com.
Another diabetes management app by the mobile consumer health company MedHelp, also announced yesterday that it’s Sugar Sense app is now Apple Watch/HealthKit compatible.