Google and Sanofi Will Bring Diabetes Care to the Cloud

Google, along with French pharmaceutical company Sanofi, announced today a partnership that will help improve care for patients with diabetes.

According to Andy Conrad, head of Google's life science unit, technology can go a long way in helping treat both the minor and major complications that go along with having diabetes.

“Diabetics are far more likely to have heart attacks, they’re far more likely to have cancer, and they’re 15 times more likely to have their foot cut off because of vascular issues,” Conrad told Bloomberg Business. “If we could prevent strong and profound fluctuations in the levels of blood sugar, we could prevent most of the problems associated with diabetes.”

Analyzing blood sugar in real time

Part of the partnership will focus on ways to help physicians monitor patients' glucose levels in real time, which would improve daily management and help patients avoid complications.

Google is currently partnered with other companies, like Novartis and DexCom, to develop devices like Bluetooth-insulin pens and contact lenses that can detect blood sugar levels.

Devices that can upload data to the cloud, Conrad said, can help patients adopt a more preventative and proactive stance when it comes to managing diabetes with their doctors.

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," he concluded.

Source: Bloomberg Business
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