John Brooks III is CEO of the legendary Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. He's unique as the leader of an academic medical center, in that he has a strong background in industry -- having previously co-founded Insulet (makers of the OmniPod) and two other life sciences companies. We interviewed him in Spring about his ambitious plans to spread Joslin's expertise across the country and around the world. It's all about utilizing tech innovations in the…Read more »
Patient Engagement. It means different things to different people. Until recently, the term was mostly used by corporations as a euphemism for brand loyalty to their medical products, or by healthcare providers as the antidote to "noncompliance." We at the 'Mine think of engagement not so much as what others convince us to do, but as a chance for patients to take the reigns, acting as catalysts for change themselves. That's what the DiabetesMine Innovation…Read more »
Imagine being able to see where your blood sugar currently stands and where it's going, just by tilting your head and whispering a few words -- instead of drawing blood or even fumbling with a transmitter picking up signals from a sensor stuck to your skin.
That day could be closer than we think, if some University of California San Diego researchers have anything to say about it, and their vision becomes a reality.
Ten days ago I was in Rochester, MN, at the world-famous Mayo Clinic for two exciting activities: the future-thinking Mayo TRANSFORM conference, and the launch of new national healthcare crowdsourcing competition by... get this... Target! Yes, the place where you pick up great knick-knacks plus your favorite shampoo and kids' soccer cleats. More on that in a moment.
This three-day event was kicked off five years ago "in the pursuit of reimagining healthcare."…
Remember those fun educational toys from the past like Legos, Lincoln Logs and Speak & Spell, that not only were cool to play with but also taught us something?
Well soon enough, we PWDs may have one of our own: the new Hemoglobin A1C action figure!
Wait... a toy HbA1C?! Yep, you read that right. There could soon be a toy based on the three-month average test that those of us in the Diabetes Community…