Intuity Medical has launched the POGO Automatic Blood Glucose Monitoring System for diabetes patients in the US.

The system is claimed to be the first and only blood glucose monitor to offer automatic testing that has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

It lances, collects and analyses blood in one step using its ten-test cartridge technology. This eliminates the need to carry separate test strips and lancets.

The single-step test offers a simplified blood glucose testing experience for users when compared to a traditional blood glucose meter.

To perform the test using the POGO Automatic Blood Glucose Monitoring System, the cartridge should be loaded and the monitor needs to be turned on.

The user then has to press a button to activate the system, which automatically lances and collects a blood sample from the finger and displays results in a four-second countdown.

Intuity Medical president and CEO Emory Anderson said: “For people with diabetes, routine blood glucose monitoring is central to the management of their diabetes.

“POGO Automatic only requires the press of a button to test and no need to access separate supplies, like test strips and lancets, so testing is less disruptive to a user’s everyday life.

“It can be done discreetly within seconds, virtually anywhere a user chooses, whether it’s at a table in a restaurant, while commuting to work on a train, or when exercising at the gym.”

The company stated that the test results can automatically sync through Bluetooth to the free Patterns app.

With this app, users will be able to get their test results and make better decisions to manage physician visits for achieving their glucose goals.

In April 2016, the FDA granted approval for the POGO glucose monitoring system.