The continuous glucose monitor (CGM) company Dexcom has released several new features for their popular G6 CGM model. These features allow users to take advantage of cutting-edge technology to stay on top of their diabetes management.
Founded in 1999, California-based Dexcom celebrates their 20th anniversary this year with a major company-wide shakeup that will affect around 13 percent of all employees. This accounts for approximately 350 positions, including those in customer service, sales, tech support, and administrative functions. These positions are being shifted or outsourced with the purpose of expanding Dexcom manufacturing, improving customer relations, and decreasing wait times for shipments and customer support. Here are several of new features they’re releasing to celebrate their second decade.
With a simple voice command, you can ask Siri to read your blood glucose level and display the graph directly on your lock screen. Dexcom says the integration of a virtual assistant is the first of its kind for commercially-approved diabetes management technology. By using Siri Extension, you can even customize the exact phrase you’d like to use to check your glucose levels. For example, “Siri, what’s my number?”
Using the Dexcom SHARE function for the G6 CGM, you can share your glucose readings with up to 10 people. This doubles the amount of followers you can share your readings with compared to previous models. This feature is especially beneficial for children with type 1 diabetes as the results can be shared with parents, teachers, school nurses, camp counselors, and healthcare professionals. Dexcom is developing a feature to allow infinite followers, although the technology for this is still in development.
Critical alerts first
This G6 CGM feature ensures your critical alerts will appear on your lock screen and be pushed to the top of the pile. For example, if your app sends you an alert to change your sensor within 24 hours, your alert for Urgent Low (blood glucose) will take precedence and appear first.
24-hour sensor expiration reminder
Previous versions of this model offered 2-hour and 6-hour reminders before your sensor needed to be replaced, but this new G6 CGM version also includes a 24-hour reminder to give you plenty of time to make the switch.
The G6 CGM allows you to launch the Dexcom CLARITY app within the Dexcom G6 app. This feature makes it possible for you to access all of your important diabetes management data without first closing out of the Dexcom G6 app.
Apple Watch features
The new launch allows Apple users to get one step closer to tracking their glucose levels through their Apple Watch Series 4. However, users will still need to use their iPhone as a middleman until Dexcom updates their transmitters to work with the Apple Watch Bluetooth capabilities.
All of these options are currently only available for iPhone users, but these additional G6 CGM features are coming to Android users soon.