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Disruption in the diabetic device care market

Authors Ojha U, Mohammed R

Received 1 November 2017

Accepted for publication 24 November 2017

Published 2 February 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 51—56

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/MDER.S155739

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Utkarsh Ojha,1 Raihan Mohammed2

1Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College School of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK; 2Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Abstract: As diabetes mellitus (DM) has approached pandemic proportions, the pressure for effective glycemic management is mounting. The starting point for managing and living well with DM involves early diagnosis and monitoring blood glucose levels. Therefore, self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) can help patients maintain their blood glucose levels within the appropriate range. The general principle behind the current SMBG method involves a finger prick test to obtain a blood drop, which is applied onto a reagent strip and read by an automated device. Novel techniques are currently under evaluation to create the next generation of painless and accurate glucose monitoring for DM. We began by outlining how the emerging technology of the noninvasive glucose monitoring devices (NIGMDs) provides both economic and clinical benefits for health systems and patients. We further explored the engineering and techniques behind these upcoming devices. Finally, we evaluated how the NIGMDs disrupt the diabetic device care market and drive health care consumerism. We postulated that the NIGMDs play a pivotal role in the implementation of next generation of diabetes prevention strategies.

Keywords: medical devices, medical technology, diabetes management, innovation

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