A First Look at LifeScan’s OneTouch VerioSync, A New iPhone Compatible Blood Glucose Meter
By Adam Brown
Wireless, cell phone-enabled, and data-to-the-cloud glucose meters are a new trend in diabetes, evidenced by the recent launch of Sanofi’s iBGStar (see test drive in diaTribe #43) and Telcare’s new meter (see test drive in diaTribe #41). At the American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Meeting in early August, we got a sneak peek at another exciting product in development: LifeScan’s OneTouch VerioSync. It’s the next system based on the new OneTouch Verio technology platform, which also includes the currently available OneTouch Verio IQ (see test drive in diaTribe #41). The major difference is that the new meter will feature wireless Bluetooth compatibility with the iPhone, allowing blood glucose readings taken on the VerioSync to be sent wirelessly to an iPhone app.
We’ve seen two screen shots of the app and think it looks really sharp – a summary display showed an excellent color-coded graph with percentage of readings in range, blood glucose average, average number of tests per day, icons for logging carbs, activity, and medications, as well as tabs for viewing results. The app also has a section showing blood glucose patterns, one of our favorite aspects of the OneTouch Verio IQ. Like Telcare’s meter and Sanofi’s iBGStar, we most like that the new VerioSync will make transfer and download of data hassle-free. We know patients don’t like manually inputting their numbers into a device and that writing down numbers can actually be hard to do in practice (crazy as that sounds). The device is currently pending FDA approval, and we look forward to giving it a try once it’s launched. –AB