Emperra GmbH, based in Germany, is launching the world’s first Bluetooth insulin pen on the market and therefore expanding its ESYSTA product system’s function. The new ESYSTA BT pen is equipped with a Bluetooth interface and transfers the injected insulin doses directly to the patient’s digital blood glucose diary. The smart insulin pens are automatically connected via the 868 MHz interface and are being successfully used in medicine, in combination with a wireless transmission blood glucose meter as an integrated diabetes management system, ESYSTA. The hardware components and software solutions (ESYSTA portal, ESYSTA app) have been certified as CE-compliant medical products. Patients and doctors can achieve a new quality of medical care for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics using the patented ESYSTA solution. On the basis of the available scientific data and reimbursement by statutory health insurance companies on the complex German healthcare market, Emperra is striving to use this smart insulin pen based ESYSTA telemonitoring solution with an FDA filing process for the US market. FDA clearance is expected in 2016.
With the help of innovative sophisticated software solutions compliant with medical products and the highest integrated data security standards ISO/IEC 27001, several teams of doctors can even solve complex issues with patients whose levels are hard to adjust telemedically for the first time worldwide using unadulterated insulin data from insulin pens.
The mobile CE-compliant ESYSTA app for iOS and Android plays the treatment recommendations back, among other things using innovative traffic light algorithms. ESYSTA convinced most patients, their doctors and care-givers within the first few months during a medical and health economic field trial by German health insurance companies. Besides being listed in the reimbursement catalogue of all statutory health insurance companies, digital diabetic services are being contractually agreed as an important business area for Emperra for the first time in Germany.
Emperra is therefore the only company that can reach all age groups of people with diabetes mellitus using a holistic innovative approach of digital solutions with smart insulin pens. The largest population of older Type 2 diabetics treated with insulin is being digitally reached for the first time as a result.
Effective reduction in HbA1c thanks to digitalised diabetes management
The seamless documentation of insulin units and blood glucose levels is an important element of diabetes treatment. Many people with diabetes measure their blood glucose several times a day and inject insulin. The data has to be continuously documented and analysed for the best metabolic control, a bother for the doctor and patient alike. Insulin doses and blood glucose levels are automatically recorded using the ESYSTA system.
In a study together with a health insurance company, the ESYSTA system was tested by several hundreds of insulin-dependent diabetics in everyday practice. Conclusion: HbA1c could be reduced by almost 1% on average over a period of twelve months. In patients with significantly higher HbA1c levels at the start, a reduction of up to 2% could even be achieved without the hypoglycaemic rate (low blood sugar emergencies) rising, according to the health insurance company’s information. Diabetes experts rate these results as extremely positive, especially as even the insulin consumption, an important cost factor, tended to also be reduced in most patients.