I just want everything to be all in one place, easily accessed by all kinds of wireless devices, not exorbitant in price, covered by both private and government insurance as necessary, reliable, and accurate beyond any accuracy we think we have today.
My dream diabetes technology is something that does it ALL. By all, I mean:
- continuously tests/checks/monitors glucose levels. I’m not rabid about where the glucose is found–blood or interstitial fluid, whatever works and is the best that science says it needs to be, but it has to be continuous as I want moment-in-time readings as well as trends.
- infuses insanely pretty much instantaneous insulin, preferably directly into my blood. I know, that sounds scary and all, but really. We shouldn’t have to be waiting around forever to get insulin that might decide to work in the next 10, 20, 30 or more minutes under the fat layer of our skin and then wait for it to get into our bloodstream. That’s crazy talk, yet that’s our lives. And that’s just for the “rapid” acting insulin.
- can point at food or beverage, look it up in some colossal carb/calorie/nutrition index in the cloud, and spit the carb count directly into my bolus formulas AND my downloadable logs! BOOM!
- ALL my data, from all the glucose tests and monitoring and insulin infused and carbs eaten to all the exercise completed and stress levels and real people sickness and day of my cycle and HbA1c both current and historical and other health monitoring data from external tests and hell, let’s put amounts of SLEEP in there too.
- available in pretty, easy-to-understand, colorful (but not TOO colorful) infographics.
- let the data flow into reports or forms that look like log sheets, if that’s what the medical community needs to be able to understand it.
- with reminders. and prompts. and fun messages from my endo and CDE.
- instant messaging with them would be great as well.
- I think I’m describing a device as well as an app. a power app. one that looks and operates the same on Apple or android. and is available on the web as well.
- keep it all on the cloud. with all kinds of security and whatever else to keep it reasonably safe from being erroneously posted on my Facebook page, but really, honestly, I don’t care if it is. I just want it easy to access and available when I need it. And I want dr. wonderfulendo and CDE, dr. wonderfuleyeMD too, and whatever other medical professionals need it, to be able to access it too.
- the device also needs to be tiny. Seriously tiny. I think I’m thinking of 1 device to wear, that would communicate with a smartphone or iPod, iPad, computer, whatever.
D-Blog Week 2012, Day 4: Today let’s tackle an idea inspired by Bennet of Your Diabetes May Vary. Tell us what your Fantasy Diabetes Device would be. Think of your dream blood glucose checker, delivery system for insulin or other meds, magic carb counter, etc etc etc. The sky is the limit – what would you love to see?