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Connectivity – The Next Big Wave in Diabetes

The discoveries of insulin, insulin pumps, CGMs, and today’s amazing array of oral medications have had major impacts on the lives of people with diabetes. In spite of the availability of these tools to regulate glucose, high A1c levels, glucose variability, and excess hypoglycemia remain all too common. Connectivity is the coming big wave and offers excellent tools to solve these ongoing problems. This advance in health care is being brought about not so much by clinicians or pharmaceutical companies but by telecommunication and software developers. Connectivity is expected to make glucose control more accessible and more affordable with greater clarity for interventions.

Asante Snap

Asante Snap Insulin Pump

The Asante Snap began to ship in April of 2013, two years after receiving FDA approval. The Snap is being rolled out by region, starting in the Northeast US, with gradual availability to other regions. This allows Asante to build up their sales and service network (Similar to Insulet’s rollout of the Omnipod). Asante has focused on ease of pump use and highlights how easy it is to use the Snap pump and change out the cartridge, among other things.

Tidepool - Acquiring, Storing, and Opening Data for Improved Diabetes Care


Who does your diabetes data belong to? You - obviously. You're the one who created it and needs it for diabetes management. Your glucose readings, your insulin doses, your carbs and meals consumed, your exercise events, your stress levels, your devices. How can you take charge of your data and benefit from it?

Medtronic 530g with Enlite

The FDA approved the Medtronic MiniMed 530G insulin pump with its display of the Enlite continuous glucose monitor in September, 2013. The 530G is the first system in the United States that can automatically stop insulin delivery if the CGM's glucose value falls to a preset level (60-90 mg/dl) AND the wearer doesn't respond to the Threshold Suspend Alarm. This functionality puts the device in the newly created OZO: Artificial Pancreas Device Classification created by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

OneTouch Verio IQ

OneTouch Verio IQ

The OneTouch VerioIQ was touted as “the first meter ever that automatically alerts you to patterns you might not even know were there,” It joined other “smart” meters like the Telcare Meter. Using the Verio test strips, the VerioIQ is a white meter with a color LCD screen. It has a strip port light and automatic backlight for testing in the dark. There are 4 buttons on its face for scrolling and navigating through the software. It includes a rechargeable battery that can be charged through an AC adaptor or a mini USB cable (both provided).


Updated date: Tue, 08/26/2014 - 16:09

  • Updated date: Tue, 08/26/2014 - 16:09


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