Roche Launches Next-Generation Blood Glucose Monitoring System

Roche recently launched an innovative blood glucose monitoring system designed to simplify everyday diabetes management with features like a spill-resistant test strip vial.

Roche recently launched an innovative blood glucose monitoring system designed to simplify everyday diabetes management with features like a spill-resistant test strip vial.

The Accu-Chek Guide system enables on-board pattern detection that increases awareness of too high or too low glucose readings. It also has Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity via a mobile app, which acts as an on-the-go Accu-Chek management tool for smartphone owners.

The device’s cloud connectivity also allows automatic and secure data exchange and logging, so patients, caregivers, and health care providers can share diabetes information virtually anywhere for remote blood glucose monitoring and timely advice. Other features include the spill-resistant SmartPack vial, which helps users remove one test strip at a time and avoid contamination, and a unique strip design with a large, easy-edge dosing area.

In a recent study, 97% of 197 patients surveyed in France and the United States reported that the Accu-Chek Guide was easy to use and provided a better testing experience.

Past studies have shown that only half of blood glucose meters evaluated meet the minimum accuracy requirements, as defined by the ISO 15197:2013/EN ISO 15197:2015 standard. The Accu-Chek Guide system not only fulfills current accuracy standards, but also delivers tighter 10/10 accuracy for more reliable results. Consistently accurate measurements are essential for reliable blood glucose monitoring and deriving the correct therapy decisions, as large deviations in measured values from true glucose levels can result in high hemoglobin A1C levels, glycemic excursions, and an increased rate of hyperglycemic events.

The new system will first launch in Denmark, Switzerland, and Australia, subsequently followed by more countries starting in early 2017.