Abbott (NYSE:ABT) announced today that it released a new FreeStyle Libre 2 app version with fully customizable alarms.
The updated app release for the Abbott continuous glucose monitor (CGM) system — version 2.7.5 — features silent mode. This enables people with diabetes to use their CGM with less interruptions throughout the day.
Silent mode delivers signal loss and glucose alarms without sound or vibration for up to six hours in five-minute increments. While in silent mode, visual notifications still appear on the smartphone’s lock screen, so users can view them at their convenience.
According to an Abbott spokesperson, silent mode applies to alarms for urgent low glucose, low glucose, high glucose and signal loss.
“We designed the FreeStyle Libre family of products to be easy and convenient,” said Jared Watkin, SVP for Abbott’s diabetes care business. “As we’ve learned more about how our customers use the technology, we’ve discovered that they want more control over their alarm settings to lessen noise or vibration throughout the day. Our latest FreeStyle Libre 2 app includes a new Silent Mode, so people can receive optional, real-time glucose alarms when it’s suitable for them.”
The news marks another positive development for Abbott’s previous-generation CGM. While the company has the next-generation FreeStyle Libre 3 available, it’s looked to provide a series of updates for those who still use FreeStyle Libre 2.
Two recent examples include integration updates with automated insulin delivery and health platforms. In June, Insulet shared news that it was progressing with the integration of its Omnipod 5 automated insulin delivery system with FreeStyle Libre 2. Then, last month, Abbott shared that it made available a connected app for people with diabetes to manage their health in collaboration with WeightWatchers.