For at least a number of years, Roche Diagnostics, through their Accu-Chek brand has been providing people with Diabetes with products on the Insulin Pump and Glucose Monitor markets. While this products have been heavily marketed, many people think they were not exactly leaders in the field.
Here in Australia, Medtronic and Animas are the two most prescribed brands of pumps, and many health processionals recommend people don’t choose the Spirit, which is the current generation of Acchu-Chek insulin pumps.
Now everything may be about to change, with the release of the Accu-Chek Combo System. Initially available in the UK, this combo of pump and glucose meter has the potential of making Roche a serious player in the market of Insulin Pumps.
The Pump has a number of characteristics often found only in pumps made by the bigger pump players. This first notable feature is the connectivity between the meter and the pump. By using Bluetooth technology, the meter has the capability of acting as a remote control for the insulin pump. More importantly, the communication is interactive and two-way, which means that “information flows between blood glucose meter and insulin pump automatically or on command, as appropriate”.
The other feature that was visibly missing on the previous Accu-Chek pumps was a bolus wizard. This new system, however, comes with a new feature called bolus adviser. While I have not yet seen how it actually works It sounds very positive. The pump also saves all the data about blood glucose, food, boluses, etc, serving as an electronic diary to keep all the information in one device.
Now, of course, the big question is whether the pump is as look as it goods, or even whether its going to be enough to bring Accu-Chek pumps back from the dead. Personally, I will have to hold my judgement until I get to see one in the flesh, which is likely to take a while considering this pump is still only available in Europe.