Just Talking about iBGStar

Sridhar Iyengar, Co-founder and CTO for AgaMatrix, is on the podcast this week talking all about the iBGStar. We discuss all aspects of the iBGStar from early inspiration to initial response and eventual support from Apple. Sridhar also opens up about the FDA and explains why they aren’t the necessarily the bag guy when it comes to innovation. There’s also some talk about the complexities and incredible potential for mobile health. Enjoy.

Follow Sridhar on Twitter at @SridIyengar.

And be sure to check out the latest on the iBGStar at agamatrix.com and ibgstar.us.

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Some Thoughts on the iBGStar

As of this post I’ve gone through 46 out of the opening 50 test strips that came with my iBGStar. One of the blood glucose tests was a test to make sure the meter was functioning properly and an additional test returned an error because I didn’t supply enough blood. I’m keeping score because I want this “review”, or perhaps more accurately this “loose organization of thoughts”, to be framed with the proper context. I feel that I’ve put this meter (and iOS Software) through enough to offer an informed opinion on what I like and don’t like about the experience.

I’d been using a FreeStyle Flash/Lite combination for the better part of 5 years. Especially after updating to the “butterfly” test strips, the combination of ease, and port and display lights on the meter made it an ideal companion in my diabetes journey. I know most of the meters these days, with the exception of the OmniPod PDM, are small and convenient, but that meter did everything I asked and didn’t try to complicate things with bells, whistles, buttons, or gimmicks. Test strip, Light (if necessary), Blood, Number, Carry On. Now I’m stepping into a new arena: new meter, new test strips, new new. I was excited to see what the hype was all about, even if that meant leaving my beloved port light behind.

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Recognizing the Reality of the Situation

I started using an iBGStar this weekend. I figure I have about 22 more test strips before I’m half way through the included 50 and I have to decide if I want to go all-out with this meter and get a 90-day supply of all new test strips. After a handful of blood glucose tests I can confirm that this device is on some next-level stuff. I’m not sure if managing your diabetes will ever be considered ‘cool’ or ‘hip’ (assuming people ever use the adjective form of ‘hip’ without irony), but this thing is slick. More detailed impressions will surely follow, but with this new device in my possession and the anticipation of Dexcom’s G4, I need to get something off my chest.

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