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A fantastic rant about diabetes technology from Scott Hanselman

This fantastic rant about the frustrating state of diabetes technology from Scott Hanselman, a type 1 diabetic, has been making its way around the blogosphere and a few of my email chains.  In his blog post, he decries the slow pace at which diabetes technology is moving, showing an example of a program he wrote for his PalmPilot in 1998 that was able to give him in-depth analysis of his blood sugar management.  He correctly points out some of the major technological issues that people with diabetes still suffer from today, including less-than-optimal accuracy of blood sugar readings, a lack of standards and interoperability, and a lack of useful wireless technology.

Scott is dead-on in the most critical respect here: The typical workflow that a type 1 diabetic still has to endure to acquire his or her glucose values, transmit/download the values, collate values from different devices, and analyze the values is entirely too cumbersome, slow, and inefficient.  The current diabetes technology industry has done little to solve this.


#diabetes #PalmPilot #Diabetestechnology #wireless #Diabetesmellitus

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Dr. Aaron Neinstein is Associate Professor in the UCSF Division of Endocrinology and Director of Clinical Informatics at the UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation, with a clinical practice focused on diabetes care. He is considered an expert in diabetes technology, including the use of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors, as a nationally-invited speaker and invited author to outlets like CNBC and Medscape, peer-reviewed author, and advisor to numerous companies.

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