Fitbit has always been focussed on health and fitness, and despite their new smartwatch being an app platform, health is still the main driver of its features, including future support for relative blood oxygen levels for example.
Now in a statement, Fitbit has announced that it is partnering with DexCom to support accessing data from their continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) hardware on the Fitbit Ionic, just like is currently possible on some smartphones and the Apple Watch.
The Dexcom G5® Mobile CGM System consists of a small sensor with a small needle that measures glucose levels just underneath the skin, a transmitter that is fastened on top of the sensor that sends data wirelessly to a compatible smart device or your receiver and a compatible smart device with the Dexcom G5 Mobile app that lets users view their glucose trends in vivid colours to know when it’s high, low or within range.
This would allow diabetics of the health obsessed to better manage their blood glucose levels and get a complete picture of their overall health with easy-to-use mobile tools.
“The strength of our brand and our ability to track critical health metrics continuously for up to 4+ days1, coupled with Dexcom’s market leadership in CGM, present a powerful combination that we hope will help millions of people better manage their diabetes,” said James Park, CEO of Fitbit. “With Ionic, we are focused on driving positive health outcomes and more health focused tools, and this collaboration is a wonderful example of how we plan to bring that vision to our users.”
In addition to the Dexcom CGM display for Fitbit Ionic, with Fitbit’s in-app Community, Dexcom CGM users will now be able to connect with millions of people, where they can ask questions, seek support and share successes in managing their health.
“The collaboration between Dexcom and Fitbit is an important step in providing useful information to people with diabetes that is both convenient and discreet,” said Kevin Sayer, President and CEO, Dexcom. “We believe that providing Dexcom CGM data on Fitbit Ionic, and making that experience available to users of both Android and iOS devices, will have a positive impact on the way people manage their diabetes.”
The statement notes the service will work with iOS and Android phones. It is not known if Windows devices will be supported at present.
The companies are targeting availability as soon as possible in 2018 and will continue to explore opportunities to work together to develop tools and resources aimed at helping people better manage their diabetes.
The Fitbit Ionic can be pre-ordered now for shipment in October 2017.