KU Teams with Bayer HealthCare

7/25/2012


Health management is a major focus for connected devices, and now one university research team is working on technology that will help to advance the cause.

A team of students and faculty at University of Kansas, www.ku.edu, will partner with Bayer HealthCare, www.bayerhealthcare.com, to develop applications designed to monitor diabetes. Specifically, the researchers will take part in the university’s new Advanced Design Studies 560 class. In the class, they will create applications for Bayer’s Contour USB blood glucose meter, which is a portable device for managing diabetes. The meter features plug-in diabetes management software.

While not strictly a connected device (the USB must be physically connected to a computer) the meter is a good example of using data and analysis to monitor diabetes. Using Bayer’s diabetes management software program, Glucofacts Deluxe, users can track, chart, and analyze their blood results. The Advanced Design Studies 560 class will work to develop interactive content and a customizable user interface for the disease management software that comes with the Contour USB. Later this year, the class will submit its findings regarding the product’s usability to Bayer.


Healthcare is just one area in which University of Kansas’ CDR (Center for Design Research) is working on emerging technology. Earlier this year, the university detailed its work on the topic of distracted driving during the Connected World Conference. And recently the CDR announced a partnership with Voice Assist, www.voiceassist.com, to continue work on preventing distracted driving.





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