Medtronic Guardian Connect CGM


In July 2016 Medtronic

PLC received a CE Mark

(Conformité Européenne), for its

new Guardian Connect mobile

continuous glucose monitoring

(CGM) system for people with diabetes

who are injecting insulin. To date, CGM

use has been mainly associated with

people on insulin pumps, this system is

being broadened to include diabetics on

multiple daily injections (MDI).

Guardian Connect is the first

smartphone-enabled CGM system from

Medtronic to receive CE Mark. The system

is due to be launched on a country-bycountry

basis in the second quarter of

fiscal year 2017, potentially starting with

the UK.

Now diabetics injecting insulin and

using Guardian Connect will be able to

check their current glucose level anytime

on their mobile device, an action that will

be just as easy as checking things like

email, the weather or social media posts.

Part of the point of the system is that

users can be alerted if they are having



high or low glucose levels. Their mobile

device will alert them so they can consider

taking action to intervene. Guardian

Connect is also the first (and therefore

currently the only) mobile CGM system

with customizable SMS text alerts which

can give carers, parents or partners of

the person with diabetes to receive high

and low glucose alerts on any connected

mobile device.

The system has the option to

automatically upload data daily

into Medtronic's CareLink therapy

management software, making data

upload for both diabetics and their

healthcare providers much easier to do

and to access.

Annette Brüls, president, Diabetes

Service and Solutions at Medtronic says

about the launch, "Having continuous,

real-time access to glucose values and

being alerted to important trends and

events is key for people with diabetes. With

our new Guardian Connect system, we've

continued to innovate so we can deliver

these insights for people with diabetes

on insulin injection therapy. Guardian

Connect is also compatible with our

CareLink diabetes therapy management

platform and gives healthcare providers,

their patients and care partners with

actionable data to help them improve

day-to-day diabetes management and

make long-term therapy adjustments.

Expanding our solutions to help more

people with diabetes, no matter where

they are on the care system, is central to

our goal of transforming diabetes care for

their greater freedom and better health."

Get yourself connected

The Guardian Connect smartphone app

will initially be available to people with iOS

devices. Medtronic is currently developing

an Android version of the Guardian

Connect app for release at a later date.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring

(CGM) provides continuous, real-time

trend information about glucose levels for

people with diabetes. With time, CGM

can help keep the user to spend more

time in the optimal glucose target range.

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