Healthcare meets Bluetooth Low Energy technology


By Wayne Caswell

Bluetooth v4.0 with low energy is transforming the healthcare industry, creating efficiencies and promoting responsible personal health monitoring, as shown by the innovators in this category. The finalists include:

1. Pancreum LLC created the CoreMD, a wireless communication and power infrastructure for low-cost replaceable/disposable wearable medical devices for patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases that can sense body conditions (temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, interstitial glucose, etc) and/or deliver subcutaneous drugs (insulin, glucagon, vasopressors, etc).

2. Dan Corkum smart medicine caps took advantage of the unique advantages of Bluetooth low energy technology to develop a connected medicine packaging and treatment adherence aid system that transmits data on whether the patient is taking his medicine correctly to physicians or support personnel.

3. Arturas Vaitaitis and Jung Bae Kim submitted a concept for an ID wristband and health monitor for newborn infants that includes a motion sensor, monitors the baby’s activity, and prevents sudden infant death syndrome by sending vital data via Bluetooth technology to a smartphone/computer.

Pancreum’s CoreMD

The Pancreum Insulin/Glucagon Pump is an Artificial Pancreas (and medical device development platform). Pancreum’s diabetes management system is an artificial pancreas based on its CoreMD architecture, which can be extended for other applications in the future. As the “brain” of a wearable medical device system, the CoreMD is designed as a flexible, open platform, common architecture design that will allow for a variety of medical devices to be more affordable. It’s promoted as a smarter, more convenient, safer and even more ecologically correct way to develop wearable medical devices.

Smarter – The CoreMD has a high-performance 32-bit CPU.

More Convenient – It’s wireless, based on Bluetooth, and can interface with an Android, iOS, Windows Mobile or Blackberry smartphone.

Safer – A second CPU double-checks all functions being performed by the main CPU (such as insulin delivery).

More Ecologically Correct – By putting the CPUs and battery in the CoreMD, using a rechargeable battery and making pre-filled reservoirs an option, there’s no need to throw so many lithium batteries, electronic boards, syringes and insulin vials away every few days.

Faster Development Cycle – Since the CoreMD has an open architecture, medical devices based on this platform can be developed in shorter time! Products are not yet available for sale, but you can learn about future plans at

Dan Corkum’s system for medicine packaging and treatment adherence

Corkum’s system consists of three components:

  1. A connected cap (like Vitality GlowCaps) for existing prescription drug packaging that uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology to communicate to
  2. An app running on the patient’s smartphone, computer, or other Bluetooth and Internet enabled device and
  3. A remote service to oversee the connected caps and patient apps, facilitate communication, and transfer data between the patient’s devices and medical professionals.

About Bluetooth® Wireless Technology

Bluetooth wireless technology is a global wireless standard enabling simple connectivity for a broad range of electronic devices. Version 4.0 featuring Bluetooth low energy technology creates new application opportunities for products within the mobile phone, consumer electronics, PC, automotive, health & wellness, sports & fitness and smart home industries. The Bluetooth SIG empowers more than 15,000 member companies to collaborate, innovate and guide Bluetooth wireless technology, and nearly two billion devices ship annually. For more information, visit