In a highly anticipated move, Roche released a software update to the Accu-chek Aviva Connect iOS app introducing Healthkit support to their wireless glucose meter. As previously discussed, the integration of Healthkit within meters from the two biggest glucose meter manufacturers (Roche Accu-Chek Aviva Connect and the Lifescan Verio Sync) signals a key turning point in the evolution of the smartphone’s role in managing diabetes.
Through Apple Healthkit, many third party apps now have access to glucose readings without the need for manually typing blood sugars. In addition, syncing through the phone simplifies the transfer of diabetes data from patient to provider or from patient to family member.
From a first glance through the app, users are automatically asked to allow permission for the Accu-Chek Connect app to write their blood sugars and carb counts to Apple Health.
Some advantages of the Accu-chek Connect over the Verio Sync is that the Accu-Chek meter includes a cloud-based diabetes management portal where users can grant access to their provider for real-time monitoring of their sugars. Also, the Accu-Check Connect uploads sugars to the cloud without requiring the iPhone app to actually be opened.
We’ll post more thoughts in a thorough review later.