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Can Digital Health Companies Avoid the Pitfalls of Bluetooth?

June 6, 2018

Bluetooth technology may be the gold standard in connected health, but what about the pitfalls? One diabetes management company argues that cell-enabled technology is the way to go.

Bluetooth technology has become the wireless technology of choice for digital health devices – and for good.

"It's very easy to implement into a device, and there's virtually no cost, it's an open-source technology," Cliff McIntosh, CEO of Smart Meter, told MD+DI. “But if you talk to the patients and providers there are a number of pitfalls with Bluetooth technology, and we’ve heard it over and over."

Those pitfalls are the reason Smart Meter decided to go the less-common route and make its device for diabetes management cell-enabled instead of using a Bluetooth connection to transmit data from the patient's device to the physician.

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