Tandem Diabetes announced today that they will begin taking orders for the new t:slim insulin pump starting June 11, 2012. Exciting news in the insulin pump market!
Here's the full press release from Tandem.
The new pump uses a touchscreen device that looks akin to an iPhone. Here's a short review from DiabetesDaily about it as well.
It should be interesting to see what develops from the more established insulin pump companies in order to offer a competitive device, especially with the new user interface introduced with a device like this!
Pretty ridiculous. Really not too impressed with this thing.
It will be interesting to see how this does. I am always glad to see new pumps enter the market (competition is a good thing, right?), but there's nothing about this pump that compels me to switch. I have a Minimed Revel and have been very happy with it. Mostly because of it's reliability and durability. If my iPhone goes all nuts, that's one thing. But if my pump goes nuts, well, I could die!
Is anyone making the switch?
I think this looks interesting:
I'll be interested to see more about this too. Thanks for the link!
It looks cute. But with a pump, I want a proven track record.
For what it is worth, Minimed applied for pre-market approval for their next generation pump that incorporates CGM driven low glucose suspend. Along with that application is one for the new Enlite CGM sensor. Data indicates it is more accurate, smaller and users report that it is much more comfortable for insertion and wear compared to the current sensor.
No telling how long FDA approval will take. I'm counting the days until I have the MiniMedR 530G in my hands.
Details are here.
The impressive thing for me would be if they could have incorporated the BG meter directly into the pump. Wouldn't it be nice to get rid of 1 piece of hardware? This just seems like the same old pump repackaged. We need innovation.
Nice. Integration can be useful but personally I rather have the pump be as small as possible. Bg meter hardware would significantly increase the volume and weight, especially the thickness.
Way cool to see a new player finally get around to updating pager-style pumps to a modern, touch-screen interface. It is small and yet holds a full 300u. The big question in my mind is whether the touch screen is responsive and durable.
I wouldn't think it would have to be any larger. Look at the major components of the BG Meter.
1. Battery - Pump has that.
2. Screen for display - Pump has that.
3. Buttons for navigation - Pump has that.
4. Computer chip for processing results - Pump has that.
Then again if the Gen 5 CGM as the accuracy of BG meters than probably a mute point.
I agree that the hardware is all there to have a BG meter incorporated into it. I do, however, think that the funding/technology in this industry (as opposed to say the smart phone or tablet industries)is super limited. Part of the reason why our pumps are so big/clunky/1990s when compared to things like cell phones. The market is a niche one. And that is a major limiting factor unfortunately.
I like seeing new technology like this (even if it is the same pump features, repackaged) because it means that there is at least someone at the pump companies listening to part of our requests (to make it at least not look so antiquated, which I think they've done w/ the touch screen, etc). Now if only we could get them to listen to the other half of our requests ;)
I won't be switching to this pump any time soon--I'm a tubeless pumper until something better comes along...and this isn't quite that "something" yet.
I think the rechargeable battery and large, breakable touch screen are bad ideas for a portable medical device. But at least you can play Angry Birds on it.
I agree with this. If it's anything like an iPhone, one drop and the screen is toast.