Monitoring device targets lorry drivers

By Editor
9th December 2015
Hypoglycaemia, Latest news Medical devices Yorkshire and the Humber

A new glucose monitoring device aimed to help lorry drivers manage their type 2 diabetes is being trialled.

The initiative combines real-time glucose monitoring and messaging technology with comprehensive medical health coaching support.

The results are expected to offer increased patient adherence, prevention of future health complications, lower costs, and reduced risk to road safety.

Connect Health Solutions has created the device which is currently being piloted with bus drivers at First Bus in Halifax.

Type 2 diabetes currently affects around 6 per cent of the UK population. With over 650,000 professional drivers in the UK, the number of drivers with the condition is significant and expected to rise, raising concerns over the long-term health of drivers and safety on the roads.

Simon Dempsey, director of Connect Health Solutions said: “We have the world’s first GSM based blood glucose monitoring device, making it ideally suited to the management of diabetes within the professional driving community.

“To have the ability to access data in real-time and offer real-time advice is paramount in providing support and confidence to both the driver and the employer.

“With escalating cases of diabetes in the UK and the increased risk of complications due to poor management, our telemetry and timely interventions can greatly increase positive clinical outcomes, transforming chronic conditions from a significant obstacle to a manageable routine.”

The Logistics Guild, which has 80,000 members and aims to help find products that deliver improved conditions for the 2.3 million who work in UK logistics, is supporting the initiative.

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