This morning my inbox was greeted with an email declaring Dexcom’s much-anticipated ‘Share’ received FDA approval and was ready for public consumption. Share is a cradle that houses the G4 receiver, transmits data via bluetooth to a paired device to the ominous cloud, where it can be accessed by up to five (5) people. I know what you’re thinking – you’re thinking that this is remarkably similar to that CGM in the Cloud/Nightscout thing I mentioned last week. And you’re right. The premise is the same: remote access to Dexcom’s continuous blood glucose monitor data. However, there are a number of caveats within the fine print of the Share that, to me, make it less appealing.
First, the price. $299. Cash. And because this is considered an ‘accessory’, this isn’t something insurance will cover. Next, platform accessibility. Share only works on iOS. Only on certain iPhones or iPod Touches after a certain model and OS version. Also, this thing isn’t mobile – at all. The cradle has to be plugged into an outlet to function, meaning this doesn’t help if I’m driving, on the bus, or anywhere not next to direct current.
But despite the limitations, I’m still thrilled to see this product on the market.