What Improves My Healthcare Experience

Six Until Me LOGOby Kerri Sparling, 26 January, 2016

Kerri Morrone Sparling has had T1 almost 30 years.  She writes a blog website called Six Until Me, which she started because “I was tired of Googling “diabetes” and coming up with little more than a list of complications and frightening stories.” Back then, Kerri was one of four or five diabetes bloggers … and she writes beautifully and speaks with great passion and a fabulous sense of humor.

This blog is excellent and very worth sharing.  In her closing paragraph, she says, “Life with chronic illness has taught me that the medical system is gross and broken.” Amen, Kerri.  I’m sure we could all contribute our experiences to her thoughts.

Read More from Kerri: What Improves My Healthcare Experience?


A New Era in Diabetes Design

DiabetesMine LOGO

Last November, I had the opportunity to attend the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit at Stanford University, with leaders in the diabetes world (product executives, FDA and government directors, user interface researchers and more).  To say the least, it was exciting and so very interesting.

I met Sara Krugman (a T1 since age 5) who is currently lead designer at Tidepool as well as the new iLet/Bionic Pancreas … and Katie McCurdy, lead designer at Open mHealth, user experience strategy consultant at UVM Medical Center and a Stanford Medicine X e-patient scholar.  These are 2 gangbuster amazing women!

They spoke of “good design” which understands and respects the context of its end users … and I felt instantly optimistic that perhaps finally product developers might listen to users and actually learn what is really important to us, as end users.

Thank you DiabetesMine … this is great reading.  A New Era in Diabetes Design


Overnight Insulin Requirements More Variable in Type 1 Diabetes

Endocrinology Advisor, 16 March 2016

Have you ever felt the nighttime is full of diabetes demons beyond just ghosts and a shining moon?  Then you were right … it’s true! Need a good reason to finally try a CGM … or give yourselves a pat on the back for using one?  Here you go …

According to a study published in Diabetes Care, researchers from the Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science at the University of Cambridge in the UK analyzed overnight, daytime and totally daily insulin amounts delivered during a multicenter closed-loop trials. They found that the variability of overnight insulin requirements was nearly 2-fold higher than the variability of total daily requirements, and higher than the variability of daytime insulin requirements.  Read More: Overnight Insulin Requirements More Variable in Type 1 Diabetes


Smashing “One-Size-Fits-All Diabetes: How Do We Personalize Care?

SXSW LogoChristie Auyeung, diaTribe, 29 March, 2016

SXSW (South by SouthWest) Interactive Conference touched on the latest cutting edge technology, the latest in entertainment media, advances in healthcare and more.  While only a few events focused on diabetes, here are some gems as well as links to follow:

From Kelly Close: We must build technology people with diabetes want to use.

“We’ve seen technology enable other fields to scale – healthcare and chronic disease has been more elusive. Not only do patients and doctors need to have access to new solutions and tools, they have to trust them and want to use them every single day. That means we have to create solutions that are as addictive as the iPhone.”

SXSW Speakers on Diabetes Design, Advocacy, and Solving Tough Problem

Smashing “One-Size-Fits-All Diabetes: How do we Personalize Care?




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