FDA approves continuous glucose monitor with AI assistant


The Food and Drug Administration approved Medtronic’s Guardian Connect continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system for use in people with diabetes between the ages of 14 and 75 years old.

The first CGM to use artificial intelligence for this purpose, the Guardian Connect system is intended to help people with diabetes who use multiple daily injections of insulin to manage their diabetes by helping them prevent hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, according to a statement from Medtronic.

Guardian Connect utilizes a predictive algorithm that alerts patients of significant swings in blood glucose levels up to 60 minutes prior to the event. When combined with the Guardian Sensor 3, which is placed on the abdomen to monitor blood glucose levels, the Guardian Connect system was accurate and was able to alert patients about 98.5% of hypoglycemic events, according to the results of a clinical trial. This information can also be shared and monitored with care takers and family member in real time or via text message.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of using the Guardian Connect system is exclusive access to the Sugar.IQ smart diabetes assistant. Utilizing artificial intelligence technology from IBM Watson Health, the Sugar.IQ assistant continually analyzes how patient’s blood glucose levels respond to factors like food intake, insulin dosages, and daily routines. The combination of continuous monitoring and real-time analysis may be able to identify patterns and lead to personalized insights that will help patients with diabetes keep their blood glucose levels under control.


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