Gary Strumolo: Some other companies are looking in a research vein. For example, Toyota is looking at some research for monitoring heart rate as well on the car. We are not quite sure what they want to do with that; to alert the driver to potential conditions. One thing we want to make clear: we are not trying to turn the car into a medical device. We are simply enabling the owner of the vehicle who may have medical devices with them to access them in a safer way so that they can keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

Any idea when we might start seeing some of these things pop up in cars?

Gary Strumolo: Sure, they vary depending on the application. The Allergy Alert has just been released as an app in the Apple App Store. Something like the continuous glucose monitor will take a bit longer because you have to go back to the FDA to inform them that the device has been modified a bit because of the Bluetooth connectivity and to make sure that from their standpoint nothing significant has changed on it. The Well Doc is probably in the middle because it already exists as a product, and so we just need to be able to hook into it through Sync like we do with our normal phone.

 

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