The recent inspiring discussion by Matt, Mitchell and Gil about taking matters into their own hands has prompted me to create this post.  Perhpas Gil can help provide insight on this as a former Insulet engineer.


There are a lot of good ideas floating around from pod users about how to improve the OmniPod and I would like to formally collect some of those suggestions and send to Insulet.  I've tried to engage Insulet marketing a couple of times about doing more to leverage this community (via social networking and product management) but with no success.  I have a marketing background and worked ten years at a medical device manufacturer, and in my view the TUDiabetes OmniPod group is a great resource that can provide some useful customer input--taken in context of course.  So I have a three step plan: 

1) online brainstorming for ideas on improving the OmniPod 

2) Do an on-line poll of this group to help rank order the suggestions

3) Send the top 10 to Insulet.  I'm sure they have input from a lot of sources, it would be great to add our voice.


Brainstorming ideas:

Since Insulet is already releasing a smaller pod and is working hard on CGM integration, I am leaving them off the list. [updated]


OmniPod New Features

1.     Smaller PDM

2.     Daily/Weekly calendar to allow entry of Weekend basals

3.     IOB calc option that includes food bolus (similar to other pumps)

4.     Ability to enter carbs for a low to record history

5.     Make canula more visible

6.     Vibrate option for alarms on PDM (instead of audible)

7.     Slightly curved/cushioned (or flexible) bottom of pod for better fit on body

8.     Better adhesion, more contact points

9.     In history, display actual bolus instead of suggested

10.  Formal method for removing unused insulin from failed pods or removable reservoir

11.  Improved data reporting/mining

12.  Smart phone version of PDM (iPhone, Andoid, etc).

13. Customizable food library that can create a meal number and link to bolus

14. Sunlight readable screen

15. Skins for pods

16. Larger reservoir

17. Waterproof/shockproof PDM

18. Better form-factor for PDM (smaller, more modern style & features)

19. Quick shut-off for alarms

20. More visible serial numbers

21. Alarm if canula has dislodged

22. Longer distance for PDM to pod sync

23. More accurate calculation for insulin level in reservoir

24. Expand preset options to be user definable (i.e. alarm volume, alarm frequency, extended bolus interval, temp basals, etc)

25. Go right to check BG after BG reminder (remove "ok" step)

26. Upload food counts from a computer

27. Expand data input to include items such as A1C, Doctor appt, and other medical info

28. Integrated lancet

29. Rechargeable PDM (like cell phone)




Tags: Features, Insulet, New, OmniPod

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I believe that there was a post/discussion regarding the use of U500 in an insulin pump.
A little tip on the battery issue. I take a small paperclip and bend the end to form a small hook. I remove the batteries and pull on the contacts a little to have them extend a little further. It works every time. The last time I had to do it was about 8 monthe ago. I am an engineer by trade and it just dawned on me one day.
A PDM that looks lik this would be awesome. It's the Cellnovo...
Very cool. It looks like a chinese-made iPhone clone running an App, probably using Bluetooth (?). Great solution.
Something that's bugged me with the second-generation PDM is the fact that you have to hold the Power ( button down for 2-3 seconds in order to activate it. The first-gen PDM Power button responded immediately, but the new one has a delay built in. For some reason that irritates the heck outta me.
I've had some of the other buttons act the same way. My confirm button seems to be always asking me, "Are you sure you want to do this?"
Pretty typical for safety critical software. It's in the FDA guidelines to writing safe software. Sorry.
This was probably changed because the 1st Gen was being turned on accidentally in someone's purse or backpack, and using up battery life. Not sure...
Wouldn't the auto-off feature resolve any accidental turn on?
Yes, it has an auto-off feature but it could still use too much power if it happens repeatedly. I'm just guessing here.
This is awesome by the way! I'm on Mo 3 of being a new Omnipod user, so I'm still learning. :) I did a silly post earlier about making the Pod more sexy as it evolves. This comes from two areas: being self-concious as I move it around the body, and being in the business world working. I agree with the vibration instead of beeping- I test and bolus in meetings all the time. Also as they get smaller and GCM abilities would be huge. Any type of sticker or ability to change color or have FUN colors/designs would be great. There are children, teen and adults on this thing, why not make it fun? Removal of insulin not used would be HUGE. Again, I'm a newer user and I set what I use with my doctor but I'm leaving a lot in every time.
I'm excited about the new smaller pods. My 6 year old is on the pod and he's small so these pods are really big for him. Definately better adhesion since we usually tape around his to insure 3 days worth of wear. I've notice that there's a small oval shaped area on the back of the pod I think it's where the adhesive attaches to the pump. It's rough and causes breakdown on my son's skin occassionally. If they could add some cushion or use a different adhesive maybe. Maybe the flexible bottoms will help. Making the canula more visible would be great. I think the food library is useless. We need either a more updated version or maybe the ability to upload restaurant info from their websites. Will is 6 so he generally eats the same things, but sometimes my best guess isn't good enough. I'm a little confused on the IOB discussion. We are still fairly new to pumping (6 months) I'm able to see our IOB when I'm ready to give a bolus. Maybe that's not what everyones talking about. A smaller pdm would be nice. I don't have an iphone but would be a great excuse for one if that was and option. The hubby has a droid so we'd be covered.




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