Recent Technology Developments: Where are we headed?

I don’t want to bury the lead here. Okay, I want to bury the lead slightly, because I’m hoping you’ll take the time to think about that question from every possible angle.

Okay… with that in mind, where are recent diabetes technology advancements headed?

I really have no freaking idea.

There have been developments though, and I’m more than interested in their impact on our community. Some of it involves rollout of new devices. Some of it is a form of consolidation within industry. Some of it involves individuals taking things into their own hands and accomplishing what industry has been unable to accomplish yet.

As far as not knowing about every last thing? That’s okay with me. Because things change all the time, especially when it comes to technology. And even if I knew the implications of everything today, when things change tomorrow, I’ll be right back where I am at this moment.

We know that in most cases, change is good for the technology landscape. Innovation and success in innovation often leads to better products down the road, even if the innovation is only improving on an existing idea.

You have to admit… it’s a pretty exciting time for diabetes technology. Consider these tech innovations that have hit our world in the last year or two:

– Medtronic 670g hybrid closed loop system
– Freestyle Libre CGM (no calibrations); followed shortly by
– Dexcom G6 CGM (no calibrations)
– Improvements of and an increase in the prevalence of diabetes management apps
The $250 Biohack That’s Revolutionizing Life With Diabetes
(from Bloomberg)

I have to admit that I haven’t followed diabetes technology developments as much as I used to. I’m just too busy. A couple of years ago, I would have been all over each of those bullet points. Today, each new development gets a quick read from me, and then it’s back to the advocacy part of my diabetes life.

But I’m still excited about the next shiny new diabetes technology toy that rolls out from one place or another. I don’t expect everything to be perfect for everyone. But let’s face it… Banting and Best had to start somewhere too.

Here’s hoping that today’s efforts result in tools that will have impacts that last just as long and help just as many people as their efforts.

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