Samsung and Medtronic Partner On Android Diabetes Device

Medtronic and Samsung have announced a partnership geared toward improving diabetes management. As introduced at the American Diabetes Association 75th Scientific Sessions, the partnership, will fuse Samsung’s mastery of consumer mobile technology for secure, easy access to information with Medtronic’s integrated diabetes management systems.

MedTronic’s new MiniMed Connect system is based on the interaction between the MiniMed 530 G, an external insulin sensor and pump, and Android smartphones.

Alejandro Galindo, vice president and general manager of Intensive Insulin Management at Medtronic, said:

“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 that today’s advanced therapies provide. Medtronic aims to transform diabetes by providing world-class integrated care, enabled by leading technologies, big data, and informatics. Our partnership with Samsung is a key step in providing convenient and discreet access to diabetes data, so together we can provide people with diabetes greater freedom and better health.”

With the delivery system of the MiniMed 540 G, the FDA approved system will help you manage the amounts of insulin delivered by the pump, as well as program optimal delivery using the new app.

Samsung is working now to develop the apps, but until Android apps are ready, the device will only work using Apple’s mobile software for iPhones and iPads. The device will also be able to connect through any web browser on a computer.

Now, through this partnership, the MiniMed Connect will eventually be usuable by many more people worldwide, since close to 80% of mobile phone users utilize the Android operating system globally.

“Samsung is committed to applying its deep understanding of how people use technology to bring new innovations to healthcare,” said Dr. David Rhew, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Healthcare and Fitness for Samsung Electronics America. “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.”

MiniMed Connect feature alert presets, so for example, if glucose levels are too high or too low, or an alarm isn’t turned off by the patient, text messages are automatically sent to the patient’s family members or preferred contacts. Healthcare data can also be made available to physicians by daily upload of pump data.

Photo: Courtesy of Medtronic