MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, iHealth Lab Inc. announced the launch of the iHealth Align, the world's smallest, FDA-approved mobile blood glucose monitor. The meter plugs directly into a smart phone and displays and stores readings using the iHealth Gluco-Smart app.  By displaying readings directly on the phone screen, iHealth was able to shrink the device size to just slightly larger than the circumference of a quarter. The compact size and mobile sync capability make iHealth Align a small and powerful new tool for diabetes management.

iHealth also announced the iHealth Simple Savings program to eliminate complexities associated with insurance paperwork by significantly lowering the price of their proprietary test strips. The new price is about one-quarter of the list price of most name brand test strips, placing it at or below the typical insurance co-pay contribution. Users can now purchase iHealth strips and avoid hassles associated with reimbursement for insurance coverage.

The Simple Savings program will also incorporate an option in the near future to automate test strip replenishment through the iHealth Gluco-Smart mobile app, which intelligently tracks individual test strip usage, allowing for accurate and timely refills.

"We are excited to bring the next generation of mobile solutions to diabetes management. We believe this ultraportable device and program are a meaningful advancement for the 26 million individuals in the U.S.  living with diabetes," said Adam Lin, president of iHealth Lab, Inc. "For many diabetics, the cost and hassle of managing diabetes on a daily basis can be daunting, so we want to help make measurement and tracking as easy as possible."

The iHealth Align follows just nine months after iHealth's introduction of the BG5, the first wireless, FDA-approved blood glucose monitor.

How it Works

The new iHealth Align plugs directly into the headphone jack of a user's smart phone and works with both iPhone and Android phones.  The readings are automatically displayed and logged using the free iHealth Gluco-Smart mobile application. Through the app, users can manage their readings, track insulin and easily share info with caregivers and supporters. Since all the data is automatically sent to the cloud, users can view their information from anywhere by logging into their online account.

Availability and Pricing

The iHealth Align, priced at $16.95, comes with a lancing device and four colorful protective cases. Consumers can pre-order the iHealth Align beginning today at iHealthlabs.com. iHealth test strips are now available at the new low price of $12.50 per vial of 50 strips and can be found at iHealthlabs.com and Walgreens.com.

The companion iHealth Gluco-Smart App is available for free from the Apple App Store for iPhone from Google Play for Android devices.

About iHealth Lab, Inc.

iHealth is dedicated to helping people lead healthier lives. They are a leader in the design and development of mobile personal healthcare solutions that focus on heart health, diabetes and wellness. The company's emphasis is on creating innovative solutions that combine easy-to-use, FDA approved devices with powerful mobile apps linked to the cloud. This combination makes it simple for consumers to accurately measure, track, understand and share a full range of health vitals. By connecting the data through the cloud, consumers are able to see a more comprehensive view of their vitals, easily share data with health care professionals or caregivers and take an active role in managing their health. Visit www.ihealthlabs.com for more information.