US regulator allows smartphone app to control insulin pumps

US regulator allows smartphone app to control insulin pumps

The health and even life of people with diabetes depends on the timely administration of insulin. Science is attempting to automate this process, but the threat of malicious interference remains. The ability to break into the control systems of automated insulin pumps has led regulators to repeatedly delay approval. Eventually, one of the applications broke the barrier and became available to users.

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Image source: Pixabay

According to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) source authorized Application for devices based on iOS and Android that allows you to control your insulin pump from your smartphone. Previously, the t:connect app was used solely to collect and display patient health statistics and pump performance information, Tandem Diabetes Care’s t:slim X2 device.

FDA approval makes it possible to deliver insulin on a schedule or with a simple command from a smartphone. Note that we are only talking about the so-called bolus or food dose of insulin (short-acting insulin) that is required when eating. Neither the device nor the application can permanently maintain the blood sugar level required for normal human life. But even such a relatively modest step forward can make life easier for people with diabetes. The ruinous and unpleasant operations of manual insulin injection repeated day after day will no longer distract attention.



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