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  1. tmana
    tmana April 3, 2009 at 11:31 am | | Reply

    Regarding your description of inTouch™·diabetes:

    Yesterday I received an invitation, apparently (but not obviously) from Abbott Diabetes Care (as in, their logo flashed across the screen before it went over to surveymonkey), to take part in a survey regarding my glucose testing habits. The largest part of the survey was the “last question”, in which I was asked to evaluate about two dozen line items in terms of the likelihood that these features would entice me to switch brands/models of glucometer.

    Most of these features are very similar to those you mentioned in your description of inTouch™·diabetes.

    From these two datapoints I surmise that this service will probably require a “next generation” OneTouch meter and perhaps also a specific wireless-telephony carrier and phone model.

    Given the services and service level suggested, one should probably presume a monthly subscription that is either covered by one’s insurance carrier (and possibly required for insurance) or paid for by the individual. Nothing like having Big Pharma running up your cellphone bill yelling at you to not have dinner and to take more medication… and having to pay for the “honor”…

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  8. tmana
    tmana April 3, 2009 at 7:37 pm | | Reply

    The survey request was definitely from Abbott: Abbott Diabetes Care has begun an effort to better understand diabetes patients’ needs, and is pleased to invite you to participate in a brief survey about living with diabetes. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Your feedback is very valuable to us…

    …The last day to respond will be Friday, April 17th, so please respond by then if you intend to answer the survey. If you have trouble accessing the survey or have technical questions, please contact research@rtcrm.com.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=YK2lFJlsFy6ZIKjR1A7_2bbA_3d_3d

    As a token of our appreciation, we will donate $5 in your honor to the American Diabetes Association when you successfully complete the entire survey and submit it (up to a maximum total donation of $5,000 for all survey respondents)…

    Note that http://www.ydmv.net>Bennet puts forth the premise that SymCare is just another face of J&J/OneTouch/Animas

  9. Bennet
    Bennet April 3, 2009 at 7:58 pm | | Reply

    Yeah I was curious about who SymCare is. When I found out and came to reply the site was down so I posted at YDMV. I am always skeptical and often sarcastic too.

    http://www.ydmv.net/2009/04/who-is-symcare.html

  10. MJ
    MJ April 3, 2009 at 9:47 pm | | Reply

    So, is the blood sugar data transmitted through a mobile data plan, or wirelessly (wifi) through a computer on to the server?

    This was not stated clearly enough for me to be able to tell.

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  12. Dr. Charles Martin
    Dr. Charles Martin April 4, 2009 at 8:15 am | | Reply

    This is all promising news about new technologies to benefit people with diabetes. At my blog at http://www.dentistryfordiabetics.com/blog I write extensively about diabetes, its health effects, research and the role oral health care plays in managing diabetes.

    Charles Martin, DDS
    Founder, Dentistry for Diabetics

  13. Don
    Don April 4, 2009 at 8:35 am | | Reply

    “An artificial pancreas will allow for tighter and automated control of blood glucose levels, which would significantly help to avoid the long-term complications of the disease. ”
    This is a hopeful development and minimizing highs is an appropriate focus but funny how the first thing that popped into my head is how nice it would be to live life without lows.

  14. Bennet
    Bennet April 4, 2009 at 9:16 am | | Reply

    Well Amy my skeptical alarms go off when commercial web sites and press releases don’t have physical addresses. I think you really hit a key point,

    “It’s not exactly clear from the press release if this program is proprietary to J&J LifeScan metering products — or can be used by any patient using any device”

    It gets back to the consumer vs patient mindset.

  15. Kevin D.
    Kevin D. April 4, 2009 at 12:40 pm | | Reply

    I think the biggest problem still is the delay. For one, an artificial pancreas has to have alot of “user customizable options” as very few diabetics are the same. Then, they need to get over the hurdle of how slow insulin is and how food reacts. Think about it, right now when you eat dinner do you wait till your food is started digesting and you notice a raise in BG before giving insulin? I would hope not. So how is an AP going to be able to work around that?

    Another problem is say you start to run low. Shutting off the insulin flow will not help at all. You still have all the insulin currently active in your system. Shutting off the flow will just result in one going higher later on.

    Personally, there will never be an AP unless it is implanted and measures glucose levels in the blood stream and dumps insulin directly into the bloodstream.

  16. Manny Hernandez
    Manny Hernandez April 5, 2009 at 6:47 pm | | Reply

    To me this is great news. I’ve started a discussion about it on TuDiabetes:
    http://tudiabetes.com/forum/topics/fda-clears-wireless-diabetes

  17. Jeremy
    Jeremy April 8, 2009 at 11:58 pm | | Reply

    This is great news and I was just over at http://www.thepushforward.com and they have posted the video which is great to see. This will change the lives of millions of people….

    Great Info!

  18. Sarah
    Sarah April 9, 2009 at 5:24 am | | Reply

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  20. KAMAL
    KAMAL October 11, 2009 at 5:20 am | | Reply

    Thanks. Good information !

  21. affiliate
    affiliate February 25, 2010 at 1:23 am | | Reply

    ot so sure it’s all as suspect as you indicate.

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