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Livongo acquires glucose meter connectivity company Diabeto

Steve Rogerson
September 26, 2017



California digital health company Livongo Health has acquired Diabeto, a New Jersey-based provider of connectivity to glucose meters.
 
Diabeto uses a proprietary technology to make it easier for people with diabetes to upload their blood glucose readings into Diabeto enabled apps and to Livongo's newly released iOS and Android apps.
 
Diabeto offers consumer friendly connectivity called Birdie – because it's shaped like a bird – that plugs into the serial port on over 40 popular glucose meters, enabling them with Bluetooth connectivity. Diabeto Red complements the Birdie, connecting to meters with existing infra-red capability.
 
"We've heard from the market that, in addition to a comprehensive solution like Livongo, they also wanted options for their people with diabetes who wanted to keep their existing glucose meter," said Livongo chief executive officer Glen Tullman. "They told us existing connectivity in the market was too expensive and ineffective. We plan to price the Diabeto at less than half of what those solutions sell for today, making this option much more affordable. We believe Diabeto will enhance what is already the most comprehensive and effective diabetes care management on the market today."
 
The functionality Diabeto offers will allow Livongo to capture data from other glucose meters and will make it more convenient for primary care physicians to treat patients with type two diabetes, who often are not under the regular care of an endocrinologist.
 
Diabeto launched its first major client in the USA, Care Innovations, for telehealth and remote care delivery, in mid 2016.
 
"We're pleased with how our connectivity partnership with Diabeto brings additional services to our clients and we expect our new relationship with Livongo to only strengthen our services," said Kevon Kothari, Care Innovations vice president of corporate development.
 
Diabeto customers, such as Care Innovations, use devices and services to deliver integrated connectivity to their health system customers. Livongo's digital platform for diabetes management has been implemented by over 200 Fortune 500 companies, health systems, and health plans and pharmacy benefit managers, with more than 50,000 people with diabetes enrolled today.
 
"If we want to really make life easier for people with diabetes, we have to reduce the hassles they face and make it less expensive for everyone to share information, which is the first step in getting better care," said Shreekant Pawar, CEO of Diabeto. "We're excited to bring our connectivity and our customers into the Livongo family."