For most of the more than 30m people in the US living with diabetes, managing blood sugar is a process of guesswork that involves regular finger pricks and insulin adjustments.
Now, according to a recent CNBC report, big tech companies — namely Apple, Amazon, and Alphabet — are investing heavily to make those quality continuous treatments more accessible (and capture a big chunk of diabetic business in the process).
Right now, the bar is pretty low
Businesses catering to diabetics have provided an, um, less-than-satisfactory customer experience in recent years: Sellers increased insulin prices as much 353%, and continuous monitoring devices have remained prohibitively expensive.
Several different approaches to ‘diabetes tech’ want to fix things
Apple is focused on building tools in its Watch and iPhone to integrate with diabetic devices and provide more seamless monitoring.
Amazon is programming Alexa-enabled devices to help diabetics verbally check their blood sugar levels.
Alphabet, through its life science subsidiary Verily, is actually developing new hardware to continuously monitor blood sugar levels.