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Fitbit partners Dexcom to bring glucose monitoring to Ionic smartwatch

Steve Rogerson
September 13, 2017



Fitbit has teamed up with California-based continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) company Dexcom to develop and market products to help people better manage their diabetes and get a more complete picture of their overall health with easy-to-use mobile tools.
 
The first planned initiative is to bring Dexcom CGM data to Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch. Through this experience, Dexcom CGM users on either Android or iOS devices would be able to see both activity and glucose levels on their wrist.
 
“The strength of our brand and our ability to track critical health metrics continuously for up to four days, 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.”
 
The World Health Organisation estimates that more than 400 million people around the world are living with diabetes. For those individuals, being able to see both physical activity and glucose can be a vital tool for effectively managing their diabetes.
 
“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 of 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.”
 
A health and fitness first platform, Ionic has a relative SpO2 sensor, GPS tracking, on-device dynamic workouts, heart rate tracking, and water resistance up to 50m. It also has smart features such as contactless payments, on-board music, smart notifications, and various popular apps and clock faces available in the app gallery. The watch also has all the core features from Fitbit such as four or more day battery life, automatic activity and sleep tracking, and cross-platform compatibility.
 
In addition, with Fitbit’s in-app community, Dexcom CGM users will be able to connect with millions of people, where they can ask questions, seek support and share successes in managing their health.
 
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.