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Roche to Launch AI-driven App that Predicts Nighttime Hypoglycemia for Diabetes Patients

Written by : Jayati Dubey

July 11, 2024

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This technology aims to reduce the risk of nocturnal hypoglycemia and alleviate concerns about nighttime blood sugar levels.

Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche has planned to market a new device that uses AI to predict and prevent nighttime hypoglycemia, providing peace of mind for people with diabetes.

Diabetes, a chronic disease marked by elevated blood sugar levels, is typically managed with insulin injections. However, sufferers often face episodes of low blood sugar or hypoglycemia, particularly at night, which can disrupt sleep and sometimes necessitate medical intervention.

Roche's latest innovation, a continuous glucose monitor, involves a wearable sensor that takes blood sugar readings every five minutes and pairs with an AI-driven app.

The device's integrated predictive algorithms can forecast hypoglycemia risk within the next 30 minutes and predict glucose level trends for the next two hours.

This proactive technology aims to reduce the risk of nocturnal hypoglycemia and alleviate concerns about nighttime blood sugar levels.

Roche stated that the predictive AI algorithms have exceeded high-performance requirements for accuracy and also meet European health and safety standards.

The company further highlighted that this technology allows for proactive intervention before glucose levels become critical, enhancing the safety and quality of life for diabetes patients.

AI's Rising Demand in Healthcare

While generative AI applications such as ChatGPT have captured public attention, AI is increasingly being used in various fields, including language translation, image recognition, and healthcare.

AI's application in medical technology is providing valuable tools for medical professionals and patients alike.

Just days back, the OpenAI Startup Fund and Thrive Global launched Thrive AI Health to develop an AI-based health coach. The aim is to democratize expert health coaching, improve outcomes, and tackle health inequities related to chronic diseases.

Funded by Sam Altman's OpenAI Startup Fund, Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global, and the Alice L Walton Foundation, this initiative focuses on behavior change to manage chronic health challenges.

Similarly, last month, Oracle (ORCL) launched its Clinical Digital Assistant for US clinics to enhance doctor-patient interactions.

Using Generative AI and clinical intelligence, this assistant streamlines workflows and reduces administrative tasks. Integrated with Oracle's Health EHR, it provides instant patient information via voice commands and simplifies note-taking.


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