Arab Health: App for glucose monitoring via smartphones launched
LibreLink app from Abbott reads glucose levels via a sensor placed on the arm, delivering instant results to the smartphone.
Diabetes patients can now monitor their blood sugar levels on smartphones thanks to a new partnership between the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) and Abbott Laboratories at the ongoing Arab Health exhibition.
The Ministry has launched the LibreLink app from Abbott which reads glucose levels via the FreeStyle Libre sensor placed on the back of the upper arm, eliminating the need for routine finger pricking while delivering instant results.
H.E. Dr. Yousif Mohammed Al Serkal, assistant undersecretary for the Hospitals Sector, highlighted the importance of using advanced methods to treat diabetes, noting that regular testing for patients, treatment management, self-care, accurate monitoring of blood glucose, and continuous data management through this app, would help reduce the negative health, social and economic effects diabetes has on the community. He said that the quality of the services provided by the ministry have helped reduce the prevalence of diabetes.
The app can transfer up to eight hours of glucose levels from the FreeStyle Libre sensor and features a trend arrow that indicates whether glucose levels are steady, rising or dropping. One LibreLink account can show results for up to 20 individuals.
“At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. Therefore, we take pride in participating in Arab Health and presenting innovative technologies, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Prevention,” said Hani Khasati, general manager, Greece, Middle East, Africa & Turkey Abbott Diabetes Care.
Usually, diabetics use finger pricking to get a blood sample, test glucose levels and be able to make informed therapeutic decisions. However, FreeStyle Libre eliminates the need for finger pricking allowing patients to be treated and reduces the risks of cardiac disease, strokes, blindness, kidney failure, and diabetic foot damage that come with high glucose levels.
The sensor should be replaced every 14 days, and patients can swim or take showers while wearing it. The LibreLink app is compatible with Android OS 4.0 or higher.