Amazon may be known as the “everything store,” but the company’s tendrils extend far beyond ecommerce. On Thursday, Amazon said Alexa-enabled devices can now handle customers’ sensitive medical data, and teased the release of a new kit which would allow approved outside developers to build Alexa skills that access users’ private health information, paving the way for the voice assistant to play a bigger role in health care. With the announcement came the release of new skills giving Alexa the ability to relay and store blood sugar measurements from internet-connected monitoring devices, help schedule doctors’ appointments, pass on post-op instructions from hospitals, and provide prescription delivery updates, by securely accessing customers’ private medical information. As part of the announcement, Amazon said it had committed to protect personal health information according to the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or … [Read more...] about Alexa, What’s My Blood-Sugar Level?
It's common to test blood sugar by pricking a finger if you're diabetic, but what if there was an easier way? Apple appears to be working on it. The US Patent and Trademark Office published two patent applications Thursday that suggest Apple is working on devices that could potentially smell the environment. One application details the "systems and methods for environmental sensing." While this is mainly meant to detect toxic gases related to environmental hazards, the patent application notes that it also applies to "spoiled food material detection, body odor detection and health applications."The application specifically suggests it could "measure compounds in human sweat and alert the user about his sugar levels." The other application for a "compact particulate material sensor" is geared toward detecting pollution. The patent applications were reported earlier Thursday by Apple Insider.Apple previously drew up plans for a potential glucose monitoring … [Read more...] about Apple envisions devices that can ‘smell’ blood sugar, toxic gases
By Malcolm Owen Thursday, April 04, 2019, 05:32 am PT (08:32 am ET) The iPhone or Apple Watch could warn users of dangerous gases in the air or warn diabetics of high or low levels of blood sugar in the future, with Apple considering ways to add the ability for its mobile devices to "smell" the local environment, as well as to detect extremely fine dust particles or pollution.The Apple Watch's ECG app, used to warn users of potential heart issues Hazardous gases in the air are extremely difficult for humans to detect until it is typically too late, such as with carbon monoxide, a common gas known for being potentially lethal. Short of using a device that can monitor the air nearby, the person simply won't know there is an invisible danger until they either smell or taste it, their skin is irritated, or they feel some other medical symptom. While there are devices and detectors capable of determining the presence of poisonous gases and alerting the user, they are separate items that … [Read more...] about Future iPhone, Apple Watch sensors could detect low blood sugar based on body odor alone
Diabetes is one of the most common disorders in the world, with over 100 million cases diagnosed worldwide. And while recent technological advances have made treating it easier than before, it remains far from a walk in the park. People living with diabetes have to make about 180 decisions about food intake, insulin, sleep, and physical activity each day to keep their blood sugar levels in check. And in the severest of cases, a seemingly harmless slip-up — like skipping lunch or having an extra cup of coffee — can cause hypoglycemia, a dangerous dip in blood sugar that can lead to fainting — or death. To ease the stress somewhat, IBM and medical device company Medtronic have teamed up to develop IQcast, a predictive tool built into Metronics’ Sugar.IQ app for diabetic patients who require multiple daily injections. By applying machine learning algorithms to readings from Medtronics’ Guardian Connect continuous glucose monitoring system, IQcast … [Read more...] about IBM and Medtronics’ IQCast AI helps diabetics forecast blood sugar dips
From diagnostic fingernail sensors to the use of its Watson platform to help invent new drugs, IBM has impressively positioned itself at the forefront of medical tech. Today, January 3, it announced the latest project in this field: a new mobile app feature that’s designed to work as an early warning sign for diabetics about the perils of “going low” on their blood sugar levels. To the uninitiated, keeping these blood sugar levels in check sounds easy: Simply avoid eating food with too much sugar and you’re good to go. However, the reality is that things are more complicated than that. A person living with type 1 diabetes has to make upwards of 180 decisions every single day, all of which can affect their well being. These can range from how long to sleep or exercise to when that person should have a cup of coffee. It’s an enormous amount of data to juggle — and, should consistent wrong decisions be made, the result can be weakness, fainting and, … [Read more...] about IBM’s new A.I. warns diabetes patients of dangerous blood sugar levels