Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Medtronic's MySentry Receives FDA Approval

So, unless you'e been under rock or off line for the past 6 hours or so, I'm sure you're now aware that Medtronic has received FDA approval on their MySentry Remote Glucose Monitoring System, essentially allowing caregivers (parents, grandparents, etc.,) to remotely monitor blood sugar levels in real time, for those currently wearing the Minimed Paradigm Real Time Revel System, Medtronic's pump/CGM Combo.
MySentry works via desk top monitor and Outpost and looks very Appleish. Basically, the Outpost transmits blood sugar results in real time directly from the person with Paradigm Real Time Revel CGM to the caregiver's monitor in the other room.

MySentry also gives of the same series of alarms that Paradigm Real Time Revel does. According to MySentry's release, Press Release, the MySentry: Allows a parent or caregiver to monitor the MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Revel System from another room. It displays on a remote monitor insulin pump/CGM information and delivers audible alerts and alarms. So, for example, a parent or caregiver with a mySentry at their bedside can receive a predictive alert in the middle of the night if their sleeping child’s glucose levels are falling.

As a person with diabetes who also grew up with diabetic siblings and father with type 1, I wondered out loud about the MySentry System and it's ability to track multiple users, so I asked them via email and was told that multiple users can be added to the system, but the system itself can only track one user at a time - And that Medtronic is considering tracking multiple users in the future. Good to know~

So,what do I think? Personally, I'm always excited when I hear about the latest and greatest in Diabetes technological & scientific advances.

As people living with diabetes, our lives rely heavily on both technological and scientific advances in order to live a better life with diabetes. As far as I'm concerned, the more diabetes tech and scientific advances the better!
Not only do these advances make our our bodies healthier, they encourage ALL the companies in the the wonderful world of diabetes to step up with their latest and greatest and force the FDA to do the same.
Thus giving us more diabetes options and in THEORY, better diabetes pricing/more insurance coverage for our diabetes medications and diabetes Cyborg parts. Please take note I used the word THEORY, not the word REALITY.

So regardless of which diabetes hardware you're actually hooked up to, this is a good thing all around!
Now, to get insurance companies on board!

To learn more, click: HERE.

Review by patients who have already tried MySentry can be found: HERE.

Others in the Diabetes On-Line Community who have already written about MySentry including: YDMV, Diabetesmine, A Sweet Life, This Is Caleb, Arden's Day , Our Diabetic Life & Fierce Medical Devices, SO FAR. Click on their links and read what they have to say!

And If I happened to miss your post, please be sure to leave a link to said post in the comment section.


Meri said...

Here is my link!

I look forward to the day when there is a switch that changes from one user, to another...and another! Can't wait to try this out!

Cara said...

I just called Medtronic about cost. I'm hoping to convince my insurance I need it (I can alarm for HOURS at night & never hear it) because the out of pocket is way more than I can afford right now. :/

Stephanie said...

So exciting! I love this idea. I wish we were on a Medtronic pump....and, oh yeah...need that $2400, too. :) BUT I think this is a GREAT step forward - especially since it's actually on the market now! I can't wait to read about those who have tried it.