If I could have the ear of the engineering/marketing people at a major diabetes medical equipment manufacturer, I would let them know what a dream gizmo for the management of diabetes would look like to me.
First, I am tired of “one offs”–some great ideas but they work independently…not integrating or coordinating with any other products on the market. For example, iBGStar meter…love that you can turn your iPhone into a meter….but why limited to iPhone users only….some of us can’t afford such pricey phones. Why not create a meter that can be used with any smartphone? And the iBGStar doesn’t talk to any pump.
T1’s and their caregivers need less “stuff” to lug around…
Medtronic users: pump with tubes (pump is also the device to bolus/set basals etc), cgm w/transmitter, meter that links to pump, lancing device, strips, lancets
Other tube pumps (Animas, T-slim): pump with tubes, remote to bolus/set basals (which is also the meter for Animas Ping), lancing device, strips, lancets, additional meter for T Slim (no linking meter) These pumps currently do not have cgms that are integrated, so cgm with transmitter will also need an additional receiver to carry with you.
Omnipod: pod pump, pdm which is meter + remote for pump operation, lancing device, strips, lancets –no current integrated cgm so cgm with transmitter will also need an additional receiver to carry with you.
For those who don’t pump: insulin vial and syringe or flexpen, bg meter, lancing device, strips, lancets and maybe a cgm system
So here it is, what I want –The Dream Diabetes Managment Machine
A waterproof tubeless pump
that has accurate cgm and pump contained in the one pod
and insulin and glucagon (oh, Artificial Pancreas we long for your approval)
with the ability to operate pump from any smartphone
and use any smartphone as a bg meter–with test strips of choice
and allows multiple users to be notified by alarm when bg goes high or low (controls to be set by owner)
That sounds about right!
But what I really want is a CURE!