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Ford wants to expand health application for Sync

Ford eyes to expand its Sync technology beyond entertainment and hands-free cell phone use to enable people with diabetes and other chronic illnesses to monitor themselves and take preventive action if needed. Working with Medtronic, the Minneapolis-based medical technology company; WellDoc, a developer of medical-monitoring software, and SDI, a health care analytics company in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., Ford wants to introduce the diagnostic feature on a new vehicle in the next “one to two years,” Strumolo said. There are 27 million Americans who have been diagnosed with diabetes, said Anand Iyer, president and chief operating officer of WellDoc. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one of every three Americans born after 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes. Already companies such as WellDoc and SDI are developing mobile health care applications for smart phones. About five million people are expected to use those applications by 2015, said Paul Mascarenas, Ford chief technology officer. Ford and partners want diabetics to be able to use the same wireless glucometers they use at home or work in their vehicles. The Sync-connected devices would alert a driver or passenger when blood-sugar levels rise or fall to risky levels. They could stop for an insulin injection or eat something that could restore their blood-sugar to a healthy level.

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