South Carolina Patent of the Month – January 2022

Diabetes is a serious disease which impacts every facet of your life. While you cannot cure it, there are medications and practices that can be used to manage it. According to recent data from the American Diabetes Association, there are more than 29 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes. An additional 86 million have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Without effective intervention, 15-20% of these pre-diabetic patients will develop diabetes within five years.

Glytec, a subsidiary of Aseko, Inc., has developed innovative insulin management solutions since 2006. Recently, they have developed a software solution which could act as a diabetes management therapy advisor. Patients with diabetes are often prescribed multiple different medications to aid in blood glucose control, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. Tracking the right medication, dosage, and timing can become complex for an individual.

The advisor uses a clinical decision support system to analyze the patient condition parameters and calculate the personalized dose of insulin to bring their blood glucose levels into target range, or to maintain levels within this range. A doctor can provide a generalized dose that should work for the patient in most situations but the required dose may vary over time. If a patient has a sudden spike or drop in blood glucose levels, the generalized dose may not be sufficient. 

The system takes into account relevant data such as current patient-state and historical blood glucose data. It also references a domain knowledge base filled with information about diabetes. Based on this information, the system reports the recommended adjusted or prescribed dose to prevent hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. 

 These treatment determining algorithms can be coupled with the company’s FDA-cleared titration software to deliver personalized insulin treatment and improving patient care.

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