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Welcome to Wednesday… when, for the first time in a long time, I’m handing out links like they’re candy at a hypoglycemia festival. Let’s get started:
First of all, in case you missed it, the 2019 DiabetesMine Patient Voices Scholarship Contest is underway. That means you have a chance to go to San Francisco for a few days and participate in two of the most incredible events on the diabetes calendar all year: The DiabetesMine Innovation Summit and the D-Data Exchange event. I’ve always wanted to go to this, but may not apply due to other commitments.

However, I want to encourage you to apply for a scholarship! Why not you? Get all of the details and the link to apply:
OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: The 2019 DiabetesMine Patient Voices Scholarship Contest!
In addition, if you think that medical devices like insulin pumps and CGMs are like, reeeaallly cool, you might want to check this out from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This page definitively explains the FDA’s proposed changes to its digital health software (is there any other kind?) precertification program.

One of the biggest proposed changes is to allow device manufacturers with a track record of quality and a willingness to monitor their devices post-approval a streamlined pathway toward approval. In my mind, that’s big, in that manufacturers would be monitoring devices post-approval, the way drugs approved by the FDA are.

It’s an interesting and informative read:
Digital Health Software Precertification (Pre-Cert) Program
If you know me, you know I’m a foodie, and I really like the Hangry Woman blog. Recently, Mila, the author, published a terrific post featuring five breakfast recipes. I should admit right now that I hate fried or hard boiled (or soft boiled) eggs, but I’m pretty sure I could make updates to most of these and have them come out fine. See what you think about these:
5 Filling Diabetes Breakfast Recipes

(I checked, and as far as I can tell, none of the recipes actually has diabetes)
Finally, from Renza at Diabetogenic, a few words about community, what it means, and how we all fit into our community, however we define that word. If you read none of the other posts above, read this one. It will make your day:
Community Connections
While I’m at it, thank you for clicking on links to come here and find out what I’m thinking. It means the world to me, and I’m thrilled that you have become part of my community.

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  • Rick Phillips  On June 5, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Stephen: I hope dPAC might bring together a few of us to press the issue forward a little bit with the FDA. I understand we can write in and say yes we want some or part of this list. But why not take the opportunity to press the issue further and include topics no covered by the FDA.

    One I can think of is interoperability. Why not put that on the list. I imagine there are couple of more we could add. But why not get together as a community and press the issue more than just saying yes we want these things. I mean who can disagree with the FDA on any of these items. Yes we want them all. That gets us no where really.

    If we could get some common direction I think we could make an impact. I would love some thinking about the issue before the deadline.

    Liked by 1 person

    • StephenS  On June 5, 2019 at 10:15 pm

      Thank you Rick… you make several great points. I don’t know, but I wonder if the issue revolves around whether DPAC, as a 501(c)4 organization, can get involved in this at all.

      Regardless, we should always take action whenever and wherever we can.


  • Rick Phillips  On June 5, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Well if not DPAC then maybe interested parties. We have an opportunity and we should figure it out.

    Liked by 1 person

  • n1iwr  On June 7, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Hey Steve!! Thanks for these great links!! I’m gonna check them out today especially the breakfast one!! Always looking for new breakfast ideas!!

    Liked by 1 person

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