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  1. Wendy
    Wendy April 6, 2009 at 8:47 am | | Reply

    As the mother of a Cozmo pumper, I had considered OmniPod to be a serious contender when our warranty expires in 2011.

    When I first began to research the OmniPod, I had reservations about the IOB feature because it only accounts for correction boluses. In 2007, the rep told me they would be enhancing the IOB feature to include both correction and meal boluses.

    Accurate and comprehensive IOB information is a dealbreaker for me. Period.

    After Cozmo’s announcement, I ran across an OmniPod user manual on-line that specifically referenced these changes. Feeling excited about eventually going tubeless, I contacted OmniPod to confirm and here’s the reply I rec’d:

    April 03, 2009
    Ref # 110741 – From the Customer Support Team at Insulet.
    Dear Ms. Rose,

    Thank you for visiting and for your interest in the OmniPod Insulin Management System!

    To clarify some of the information you have received I will tell you the user manual you saw online is not the most up to date information on our new release. The IOB will remain the same and any new information about it will be released from our website. To ensure you are receiving the most accurate info look to our company website. Please feel free to contact product support with any questions or explanation of IOB.

    If you have any further questions please contact us again. We look forward to serving your diabetes management needs in the future!

    Tom Peak
    Customer Support Representative

    Please do not respond to this email as this is a non-response account.

    And I quote from above: “My big push is where we can help patients better use their own information to take better care of themselves.”

    Really? Then why not provide insulin dependent people with a running tally of ALL active insulin? This information helps to prevent impending lows and correct highs sooner.

    Where’s the Aviator? I want to learn more about that pump…

  2. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson April 6, 2009 at 8:59 am | | Reply

    I think that Ross makes some very good points about the challenges that presenting so much data to doctors presents. They are already over-worked and under-paid, how does adding more to their plate help anything?

    As a patient I am often overwhelmed by all of my OWN data! It takes a lot of time and energy to track everything and make sense of it, mostly because of all the variables involved. Something to help us under-educated patients (because who of us knows it all?) make sense of our information and make safe, but yet meaningful, changes to our therapy would be great.

  3. Bennet
    Bennet April 6, 2009 at 9:32 am | | Reply

    “…more excited about everything we can do to make monitoring and insulin delivery better so that patients can improve care themselves…”


    Someone who gets it!

    I think the best potential outcome of a closed loop is the players will have to speak the same language.

  4. CALpumper
    CALpumper April 6, 2009 at 10:34 am | | Reply

    I’m all for innovation, creative thinking, developing etc etc.

    But as our world revolves around more and more “devices” that require an “app” I will continue to shake my head and risk sounding like a broken record, “Only if you Pay for it.”

    I want a meter that tests my blood with Less expensive test strips, accurately and quickly. I want Usable software to watch trends, see what I am doing wrong.

    I can barely afford That.
    I can’t even afford a cell phone so Any idea in the “app” area has me shaking my head.

    While most people are ready for the innovations, Many canNot afford it.
    So how do we Improve what is available Now at Less??!!
    Believe me, if I Knew I would enter the Challenge. But I don’t.

  5. Frank
    Frank April 8, 2009 at 4:53 am | | Reply

    What advice does your vc judge have for inventors who submit their great new ideas into the public domain via your contest? What risks are they taking that their idea might be stolen or not eligible for patent protection?

  6. Ruth
    Ruth April 8, 2009 at 8:06 pm | | Reply

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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  8. affiliate
    affiliate February 25, 2010 at 12:27 am | | Reply

    I Knew I would enter the Challenge

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