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Oct 01, 2014

Receiving Good Design Award 2014
Release of a New In-hospital Blood Glucose Device

ARKRAY, Inc. is due to release the PocketChem BG PG-7320, a new in-hospital glucose analyzer on November 2014 to medical facilities across Japan. The analyzer is a POCT* product with easy operation and can perform rapid in-hospital measurement of glucose (blood sugar). It comes equipped with the information control function via barcode and transmission function of measurement results via wireless connectivity. It is highly effective for controlling and sharing measurement results within the hospital.

The PocketChem BG PG-7320, due to go on sale from ARKRAY, Inc. (herein, ’ARKRAY’), is a new in-hospital glucose analyzer with easy operation.
It can be used for rapid glucose measurement and obtain highly-reliable measurement results as an POCT* device. It comes equipped with a barcode reader that reads patient ID, measurer ID and sensor ID, reducing the possibility of data mix-up. It can transmit measurement results quickly to electronic charts, cutting hassle and time for medical professionals and preventing manual entry mistakes/omission. The device will contribute to centrally control measurement results and improve efficiency of work in the medical field.

The PocketChem BG PG-7320 has just received the Good Design Award 2014 (G Mark) organized by Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) today (1 October).

ARKRAY will continue to develop products that meet the wide-ranging needs within the medical field.

* POCT (Point of Care Testing)
This refers to testing performed at GP or specialist clinics/wards and other outpatient centers near to the patient (the bedside).

PocketChem BG PG-7320

Product features

•Rapid, easy, accurate measurement

- Measurement in just 5 seconds, realizing speedy measurement in the medical field.

- Measurement with micro-volume whole blood (0.3µL).

- With hematocrit correction function, blood glucose of plethoric and anemia patients can be accurately measured.

•Increasing ease-of-use/ease-of-reading

- Light weight (120 g), palm-sized and compact.
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- An easy to read color LCD.
Improving ease-of-use by showing illustrations of how to deal with errors.

•Contributing to centrally control measurement results and prevention of entry mistakes

- Equipped with a barcode reader, the device will centrally control information on patients, measurers and sensors, preventing data mix-up.
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- Wireless connectivity allows easy data transmit to electronic charts, reducing time for data processing and preventing manual entry mistakes/omission.

•Quality control function

- Quality control using dedicated control solution.
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The device comes with the QC check function that tells when to check QC.

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Good Design Award 2014

The PocketChem BG PG-7320 received the Good Design Award 2014 (G Mark).
High usability of the product has been highly admired by the examiners of JDP.

- The device has good operability similar to simple measurement devices for blood glucose and is equipped with functions necessary for medical professionals.

- The function that controls 1,000 data using ID read via barcode will prevent manual entry mistakes and patients mix-up at large hospitals.

- Color LCD makes various modes easy to see.

- The R shape of the device bottom prevents the body slipping down when holded by one hand.

- The device has been designed very well to give both medical professionals and patients a sense of safety with its software and hardware.

ARKRAY uses the award as an opportunity to develop products with better design quality that provide high added value to medical facilities.

Good Design Award
Good Design Award (G Mark) is the only comprehensive program for the evaluation and commendation of design, organized by Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) since 1998. Its origin was “Good Design Selection System” established in 1957 by Ministry of International Trade and Industry. Since then it has been given to approximately 40,000 designs for more than 50 years. Its aim is the creation of culture and life in the new era leading to richer lifestyles and better business opportunities. The Award attracts many companies and organizations from all around the world. G Mark that represents the goodness of the design is well known to the society.

PocketChem BG PG-7320

Name PocketChemTM BG PG-7320
Release date Estimated release data: November 2014
   Sample type Whole blood
   Meas. items Glucose in whole blood
   Meas. principle FAD-GDH enzymatic electrode method
   Meas. range 10-800 mg/dL
   Hematocrit range 20-70%
   Min. sample vol. 0.3µL
   Reagents used BG Sensor (bottle)
   Meas. time 5 seconds from detection of blood application
   Power source Lithium-ion battery
   Outer dimensions 60 (width) x 119.5 (depth) x 35 (height) mm
   Weight Approx. 120 g
Sale price JPY150,000 (Tax not included)
Notification number 25B1X00001000043
Classification Class I (General Medical Device/Special Maintenance Control Medical Device)

This product will be sold through ARKRAY Marketing, Inc. (ARKRAY, Inc.'s distributor in Japan).
This product is only available in Japan and is not sold in other countries.