What's New in Diabetes Care?
This has been an eventful year in the field of diabetes technology! Many companies are rapidly advancing the technology of monitoring and insulin pump therapy.
Below are some of the recent or upcoming technology changes in diabetes care, according to the non-profit website Diatribe.
- Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G/Enlite 3 Hybrid Closed Loop — by April 2017.The first automated basal insulin delivery system is currently under FDA review and will automatically increase/decrease basal insulin delivery in response to CGM information.
- Tandem’s t:slim X2 Insulin Pump — October-December 2016. The latest Tandem pump will add a new Bluetooth radio and enable software updates to add future Dexcom G5 connectivity and automated insulin delivery algorithms.
- LifeScan’s OneTouch Via — early 2017. The bolus-only, super slim wearable device holds 200 units of insulin and can be worn for three days. Squeezing two buttons (including through clothes) — will discreetly deliver a two-unit insulin bolus.
- Companion Medical’s InPen — 2017. Finally, an insulin pen with built-in Bluetooth, enabling dose data to be sent to a phone app automatically.
- Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre Pro (very soon) and FreeStyle Libre (potentially in early 2017). The blinded (Pro) version of the no-fingersticks-needed, 14-day glucose sensor should come to the U.S. soon, enabling healthcare providers to better understand glucose patterns. Abbott says the real-time version that has been available in Europe could potentially come out in early 2017 in the U.S.
- Dexcom’s G5 Continuous Glucose Monitor now FDA approved to use to calculate insulin boluses without a fingerstick glucose.
Another piece of good news we received in 2017 is the fact that Medicare will now cover the cost of continuous glucose monitors. This is a landmark ruling that will enable many more people to utilize this life-saving technology!
For more information, talk to your healthcare provider or go to: https://diatribe.org/