A growing demand for mobile health monitoring devices led to a boom in mobile devices that allow patients to manage chronic illnesses and measure body metrics at home. Now, several companies have won FDA clearance for next-generation health monitoring devices that connect wirelessly to mobile apps and software.
Palo Alto, Calif.-based Glooko will begin selling its second glucose monitoring app and cable device. This product comes with enhanced software that allows patients to program health goals and enhanced data security through advanced encryption.
The Salem, N.H.-based AgaMatrix was the first company to receive an FDA green-light for a glucose meter that directly plugs into an iPhone. Its blood glucose meter, the iBGStar, recently won FDA clearance for a new adaptor that connects the device to Apple’s new Lightning connector for the iPhone 5 and 5th generation iPod touch.
iHealth Labs launched a new glucose meter that allows for a remote Bluetooth connection of its iHealth Glucose Meter device. The San Francisco, Calif.-based company currently sells a device that is connected to mobile device with a cable.
Last month, Athena GTX landed an FDA win for its wireless vital signs monitor, cleared only for use by trained healthcare providers to remotely monitor adult patient vitals.
AliveCor also recently won FDA clearance for the iPhone 5 iteration of its ECG monitoring device. Because of stiff competition from AliveCor, Utah-based Cardiac Designs is still flying under the radar after having won FDA 510(k) clearance for its iPhone-based ECG monitor.