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Diabetesmine: Leading Online Resource For Real Life With Diabetes

Diabetesmine: Leading Online Resource For Real Life With Diabetes

Home Expert Advice DiabetesMine: Leading Online Resource for Real Life with Diabetes DiabetesMine: Leading Online Resource for Real Life with Diabetes Posted on October 15, 2014 by Amy Tenderich My name is Amy Tenderich and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May of 2003. At the time, I had a 5-year-old, a 3-year-old, and a five-month-old baby at home, and was almost too consumed with caring for them and trucking them around (many trips to Costco!) to get my head around this new medical condition that would require me to test my own blood sugar levels and take insulin for the rest of my life. Say what?! The whole first year was pretty miserable, with my glucose levels skyrocketing and plummeting as I struggled to understand how to balance my food and activity with the medications I was taking. Above all, I felt isolated and uninformed. Doctors visits only left me feeling more so. At some point in late 2004, a light bulb went on: I needed to connect with other people walking in my diabetes shoes, and I needed a much better channel into relevant information about real life with diabetes to help with the basics, like: What are good snacks? How do I keep my insulin cool in the summer? What choices do I have of glucose meters, insulin pumps, logging programs and other tools? And how useful are various brands and products in the daily lives of people like me? Back then, social media was just emerging, so the kind of connection and information-sharing between patients that I craved didnt yet exist. So I set out to help build it myself! With that came the birth of my site DiabetesMine.com , now a leading information resource and networking destination for people effected by diabetes. (We were named the No. 1 diabetes influencer site in America by ShareCare last year.) The Continue reading >>

Report On The 2017 Diabetesmine Innovation Summit

Report On The 2017 Diabetesmine Innovation Summit

We're sorry, an error occurred. We are unable to collect your feedback at this time. However, your feedback is important to us. Please try again later. On Friday, Nov. 17 we held our 7th annual DiabetesMineInnovation Summit ( #dbminesummit17 ) at Stanford School ofMedicine this year with a theme of Problem-Solving Our Healthcare. That is, givenhow healthcare has become so politicized and gridlocked of late, we choseto highlight novel problem-solving approaches in each of these areas, toinspire us all to go further: Support Services for PWDs (people with diabetes) Everyinvited speaker and panelist was chosen because they honed in on a specifichealthcare or diabetes care problem, and created an innovative fix. With this post, wed like to walk you all through theprogram, with links to presentation slides wherever possible -- starting with my own opening remarks that set the stage. Brian Hoffer, Founder of Gestalt Design, kicked off the daywith an inspirational keynote about Transforming Healthcare Through Design. He gave insightful examples from three companies hesworked with: Pill Pack , the $100Mcompany he helped found with the aim of solve complexity of managingrefilling and taking multiple medications; EyeNetra , a suite of devices and aplatform for remote care in optometry; and Project Leap, a new online resourcehes involved in creating to help people with type 1 diabetes overcomeemotional barriers to adopting modern diabetes devices (!) That final project has received some funding from theHelmsley Trust, and will culminate in a new site called DiabetesWise.org thatwill allow T1Ds to share their experiences with diabetes tools and technology.Just up our alley like our Test Kitchen videoreview hub idea! Some key takeaways Brian presented on successful design forhealth Continue reading >>

New Apps And Devices At Diabetesmines D-data Exchange And Innovation Summit

New Apps And Devices At Diabetesmines D-data Exchange And Innovation Summit

New Apps and Devices at DiabetesMines D-Data Exchange and Innovation Summit Whats new in smart pens and caps for capturing injection doses? Plus, two cool new health apps with built-in artificial intelligence DiabetesMine hosted their annual D-Data Exchange and Innovation Summit at Stanford University, highlighting some of the latest diabetes technology. A panel on smart pens was the star of the meeting with InPen, Gocap, and Bigfoot all sharing updates on their vision. New smartphone apps also drew our attention with cool uses of artificial intelligence to make diabetes management more convenient. Smart pens incorporate digital technology into insulin pens or caps so that data can be collected passively on insulin doses, timing, and insulin on board. Right now, only pump users can easily track such data digitally smart pens aim to fill this gap. The Bluetooth-enabled, reusable InPen tracks insulin doses and automatically sends the data to a paired app. The app, in addition to tracking doses and timing, has a mealtime dose calculator and automatic insulin-on-board tracking. The reusable pen lasts a year, requires a prescription, does not need recharging, and is compatible with Novolog and Humalog prefilled cartridges. Approved by the FDA in 2016, InPen is set to launch this month via mail order pharmacy and in other select pharmacies. On pricing, company founder Sean Saint shared the following: About half of insurance plans are covering the InPen, and copays are typically ranging from $0 to $75 (the amount you pay out of pocket). For those without insurance, or whose insurance plans dont cover InPen, the pen will cost $549 with a coupon since the pen lasts for a year, that comes out to $45.75 per month. Users will also receive a free AgaMatrix Bluetooth-enabled blood g Continue reading >>

Diabetesmine D-data Exchange

Diabetesmine D-data Exchange

The DiabetesMine D-Data ExChange is a gathering of key innovators creating applications and platforms that leverage diabetes data to produce healthier outcomes, reduce healthcare costs, increase transparency to policy decision-makers and care teams, and improve prospects for patient engagement. It was created as an offshoot of our annual DiabetesMine Innovation Summit in 2013, and in response to a groundswell of interest, this catalyst for the #WeAreNotWaiting movement has now become a bi-annual happening. The most recent DiabetesMine D-Data ExChange took place on Nov. 16, 2017, at Stanford School of Medicine, in association with our annual Innovation Summit happening there. This incredible 8th gathering of leading diabetes data and device experts, health data innovators, patient activists and regulatory experts featured: Read all about the talks and panels here . Prior to that, our June 2017 event in San Diego brought together a fantastic group of influencers in the #DData world. This summer forum focused on how industry is embracing patient innovation, bringing a significant paradigm shift. Read all about MIT Innovation Scholar Eric von Hippels keynote and more here . The DiabetesMine D-Data ExChange events are supported by our valued industry sponsors, and content is created with the help of our friends at Tidepool and an Advisory Committee made up of entrepreneurs and representatives from Glooko, Livongo, One Drop, Timesulin and Johnson & Johnson Diabetes. If youre interested in sponsorship, or becoming otherwise involved, please email us here. Continue reading >>

Diabetesmine Patient Voices Survey Results 2017

Diabetesmine Patient Voices Survey Results 2017

We're sorry, an error occurred. We are unable to collect your feedback at this time. However, your feedback is important to us. Please try again later. We are at Stanford School of Medicine today hosting the 2017DiabetesMine Innovation Summit ( #dbminesummit17 ) - our seventh annual meeting of thought leaders delvinginto novel ways to improve life with diabetes. As some of you may know, this event is organized around a differentchange theme each year. Here's a look at the evolution of those themes since we kicked off this event series six years ago: Given how healthcare has become so politicized andgridlocked of late, our theme is year is Problem-SolvingOur Healthcare. So weve invited an array of speakers who have each in some way honed in ona specific healthcare or diabetes care problem, and created an innovative fix. An Opening Talk on Transforming Healthcare Through Design: From Startups to Clinical to Consumers by Gestalt Design founder Brian Hoffer Showcased Innovations on Improved Insulin Dosing, Cost Transparency, Crowdsourced Healthcare Fixes, and a New Patient-to-Payer Model Tech-Enabled Chronic Disease Care Coaching in Action a multimedia session featuring patient testimonials using Livongo, mySugr and One Drop An Access & Affordability Forum, tackling the issues from the Patient, Industry, and Payor side Unveiling of new DiabetesMine Netnography research that takes a deep dive into social media themes and trends, i.e. how patients are filling healthcare gaps by fending for themselves An interactive workshop on Taking an Outside-In Approach to System Design Problems Well also be introducing our 2017 Patient Voices Winners -diverse voices representing patient needs. In case you missed it, you can readthe interviews to get to know each of these amazing advocate Continue reading >>

Amy Tenderich, Founder Of Diabetes Mine, On Thinking Like A Patient

Amy Tenderich, Founder Of Diabetes Mine, On Thinking Like A Patient

A few months after Novo Nordisk gained FDA approval for its type-2 diabetes drug, Victoza, in January of 2010, Amy Tenderich sat down to write a review of the product on her blog, Diabetesmine.com . She quickly covered the drugs vital statsVictoza is an injectable glucagon-like peptide-1 designed to stimulate insulin secretion when high blood sugar is presentand then moved on to address the questions she knew would concern potential users: What type of patient would it benefit? How did it stack up against its competitor, Byetta? What were its side effects? What were its potential risks? What would happen when users combined Victoza with their usual oral anti-diabetes drugs? To answer these questions, Tenderich referred to expert sources and also sought input from her physical and online communitiesshe talked to her own endocrinologist as well as a web contact named Raymond, living with the disease in England. Soon, though, what had been a simple blog post turned into something else altogether: one by one, site visitors shared their own questions and experiences, and by October 21 of this year, they had posted 990 commentsmaking the page into the default user forum for the drug. And thats the beauty of blogging, as Tenderich sees it. Connecting online, she says, allows you to have this very personal, in-the-trenches perspective. Tenderich knows the trenches. Once a Silicon Valley technology writer, she was diagnosed in 2003 with type 1 diabetes, a disease about which she knew next to nothing. Looking to the web for guidance, she found a disconcerting lack of reliable information: no social networks; no blogs; no way to connect with patients other than those unwieldy chat forums and listserves we all remember with a sort of fond derision. At that time, it was sort of lik Continue reading >>

Amy Tenderich Diabetes Mine

Amy Tenderich Diabetes Mine

Copyright 2001-2018 Pump Wear 1-866-470-PUMP All property and contents of web site are the property of Pump Wear Inc. All Rights Reserved. Join Our Mailing List | Order Brochures | Contact Us Pump Wear specializes in Diabetes Insulin Pumps and diabetes accessories for kids, teens and adults. If you need a Diabetes Insulin Pump, a Pump Pak or Diabetes Pump Accessories, you are in the right place! Whether you or your child need an insulin pump, the change will necessitate a lifestyle adjustment. You can find great diabetes videos and diabetes accessories like insulin pump cases, insulin pump paks, and insulin pump clothing to make the transition less stressful. Pump Wear is here to support you and your family as you adjust to changes in health needs. When you need an insulin pump packs for a toddler there are a lot of considerations. You will need to have insulin pack friendly clothing and recourses to help you adjust. Pump Wear is a great resource for your family, our store offers insulin pump cases for teens, insulin pump accessories for adults and fashion friendly insulin pump pouches.You can choose from Insulin pump cases with photos, sports, animals and fun designs. You can even find insulin pump cases with artwork for the holidays. Whether you want an Insulin pump case that hide your pump or an insulin pump cases that shows off your pump, you can find a great selection at Pump Wear! If you wear a Medtronic insulin pump, an Animas insulin pump, a Tandem insulin pump, or an Omnipod insulin pump, you will find ways to wear your pump comfortably with diabetes pump accessories. You can make a fashion statement with your pump accessories that fits your personality. Having a comfortable and secure system for maintaining your insulin pump is very important. For children an Continue reading >>

Diabetes Mine Patient Voices Contest

Diabetes Mine Patient Voices Contest

Diabetes Mine has launched a new Patient Voices Contest in which e-Patients and hands-on caregivers can voice their concerns about diabetes device design.To enter, patients and caregivers must submit a 2-3 minute video describing what they would like to see from diabetes device makers, and what issues they have with the current technology. The prizes for 10 winners of this exciting new contest arean all-expense-paid trip to the 2012 DiabetesMine Innovation Summit at Stanford University in Palo, CA (taking place Nov 16, 2012), and anew iBGStar from Sanofi, the first-ever plug-in glucose meter for the iPhone and iTouch. The 10 winners selected will attend this years DiabetesMine Innovation Summit as delegates from the diabetes community. Theyll have the opportunity to share their ideas and concerns with Pharma R&D, product designers, mobile health experts, investors, gaming experts, regulatory folks and other stakeholders. The deadline for entries is June 12, 2012. Were very excited to announce that we recently incorporated ASweetLife and related projects under a new nonprofit media organization, Diabetes Media Foundation (DMF), devoted to disseminating information about, and generating Continue reading >>

Diabetes Care In The Hospital: It Aint Pretty (diabetes Mine Blog Post)

Diabetes Care In The Hospital: It Aint Pretty (diabetes Mine Blog Post)

Diabetes Care in the Hospital: It Aint Pretty (Diabetes Mine blog post) I have had a bad experience with hospitals, too. I went to the ER for a blood sugar of 380 one day when I didn't realize that my cannula kinked under my skin and my blood sugar wasn't going down. When I told them I was a T1, they stared blankly at me and then told me to wait. What seemed like forever later, a nurse came in and said she was going to give me 10 units of insulin. I told her I couldn't take that much or I would severely go low. She said that was protocol based off of their sliding scale. After arguing with her for a few minutes, I finally convinced her to only give me 2 units. They then told me that I was going to have to stay overnight for observation, but low and behold, my blood sugar came down to normal after the 2 units and I was let go. That experience wasn't terrible and definitely could have been worse, but it really scared me at how little the doctors and nurses knew about T1. And it REALLY scares me to think about if I were in a situation where I couldn't control myself, I don't have trust that I would be well taken care of. This whole situation cries out for some major reeducation of our frontline medical professionals. The fact that some doctors and nurses don't understand the critical difference between T1 and T2 just astounds me. And they don't even to appear to understand the limit of their knowledge! They don't know what they don't know. Perhaps we need an initiative headed by our advocate agencies like the JDRF to spearhead this program. Every working medico worth their salt should be conversant in I:C, ISF, basal/bolus regimens, and how an insulin pump works. They should understand the nature of various insulins as well as their properties like onset, peak, and durati Continue reading >>

Diabetes Mine Interview About Living With T1d In Japan

Diabetes Mine Interview About Living With T1d In Japan

Diabetes Mine interview about living with T1D in Japan Diabetes is getting cured. JDRF, the leading global T1D research organization, is getting closer... but they need donations to continue. Give to JDRF and help 70-130 reach its fundraising goal of $2,500. So far, readers have given $690. Click to increase that number! Many thanks to the excellent Mike Hoskins of DiabetesMine.com for interviewing me about living in Japan with diabetes, and about my recent Diabetic Osaka A to Z video project , wherein I visited twenty six places in and around Osaka, Japan and got selfies with my blood sugar machine, all with readings between 70 and 130. DiabetesMine is now part of Healthline.com; the article has been moved over to the new site and a new URL. The link on this page is goodas of this writing. The article is called Living & Inspiring with Type 1 Tonyo-byo in Japan . Heres a sample: After visiting his dad in Florida earlier this year, Jeremy came up with a very cool D-Advocacy idea that combines photos, video, social media, and blood sugar management (!) to not only inspire PWDs to check their blood sugars, but also to teach people about the very interesting places hes visited in that part of Japan. I use and recommend Amazon for stuff like diabetes travel gear. Click here to see why. Im glad the project is reaching more people. It was fun to do, and I hope that it resonates with diabetics who need a little inspiration to control their BGs a little better. Life is better when you try to control your diabetes you end up in far more interesting places. Thanks to Mike and Amy from DiabetesMine for doing this. Share your travel stories, give advice, or ask a question in the comments section . Written by Jeremy on August 2, 2013 (updated May 17, 2016) in the category Press . Je Continue reading >>

Behind The Scenes Of Medical Blogs: Diabetes Mine

Behind The Scenes Of Medical Blogs: Diabetes Mine

Behind the Scenes of Medical Blogs: Diabetes Mine Behind the Scenes of Medical Blogs: Diabetes Mine Ive already presented several famous medical bloggers to you. My aim is to get my readers closer to these quality blogs and the bloggers as well. Id like to convince more and more health professionals/people interested in medicine to create their own blogs by providing interesting behind-the-scenes interviews. The eleventh blogger in this series is Amy Tenderich, the author of DiabetesMine.com , a blog about diabetes. Youve been blogging for more than 3 years now. How can you maintain your blog? How much time does it take? DiabetesMine.com has kind of taken over my life, for sure. I now post every weekday, and sometimes on weekends, too. Its very time-consuming. But its also therapeutic, because the blogging has become intertwined with my diabetes care and my support community. I feel like I couldnt stand the diabetes if I didnt have that. How do you find information for your blog? You certainly read other blogs, journals but do you use RSS reader? How many blogs do you track? Of course I peruse hundreds of blogs and medical sites. Im a big fan of the Bloglines prescription service. Honestly, I could hire an assistant just for tracking all the health and diabetes-specific information on the web. But what I choose to write about is really mostly the stuff that just catches my eye, or that I believe will truly impact peoples lives. You got special mention in Medgadgets Weblog Awards; youve been featured in several magazines. Im pretty sure you are one of the most respected ambassadors of diabetes. What do you think about it? Thats very kind of you. In fact, theres a very rich community of patient bloggers out there. I think we all add value with our individual strengths an Continue reading >>

Win A Full Scholarship To The 2017 Diabetesmine Innovation Summit

Win A Full Scholarship To The 2017 Diabetesmine Innovation Summit

Win a Full Scholarship to the 2017 DiabetesMine Innovation Summit The 2017 Patient Voices Contest is currently open; winners will receive a full scholarship to attend the 2017 DiabetesMine Innovation Summit in Palo Alto What fresh ideas or initiatives could make a difference at the local level for living well with diabetes? What would make a difference for your diabetes or for someone you love who has diabetes? Share your ideas about how to act locally and make a difference by entering the DiabetesMine Patient Voices Contest , and you could be one of ten people selected to receive a fully funded scholarship to attend the 2017 DiabetesMine Innovation Summit in Northern California in November. Entries will be accepted until May 19. In their call for submissions, DiabetesMine asks, What contributions to innovation can we patients make without relying on the system? Applicants are asked to propose innovative ideas that could be implemented in your own backyard to help people with diabetes live better, less complicated and more fulfilling lives. DiabetesMine emphasizes that entries will be judged on both the passion expressed in the application, as well as the proposed solutions so be creative! Selected winners will receive a scholarship to attend the DiabetesMine Innovation Summit on Friday, November 17, 2017, at Stanford School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California. The scholarship covers the cost of air travel, two nights in a hotel, and meals. At the Summit, winners of the Patient Voices Contest will act as delegates, representing the voice of the diabetes community and sharing with pharmaceutical and insurance industry experts, regulatory leaders, healthcare providers, and more, the needs and goals of people with diabetes. This is a great opportunity to innovate and be Continue reading >>

Best Diabetes Blog Posts Of January 2018 | Diabetesmine

Best Diabetes Blog Posts Of January 2018 | Diabetesmine

Around the Diabetes Blogosphere: Hello, 2018! Written by DiabetesMine Team on January 30, 2018 Welcome to our monthly roundup of outstanding blog posts from across the Diabetes Online Community (DOC). This is the first of2018, where we share our faves for January -- in no particular order. As always, we'd love to hear any thoughts you have on these selected posts or any others that caught your eye. Leave a comment below, and be sure to keep our DOC Roundup in mind as we move forward through the year, in case you'd like to nominate any posts you loved. If so, email us here . Remember My Diabetes Secret , that place online where people can anonymously share their honest feelings related to diabetes? Well, this one caught our eye about not being able to fall asleep because of D-Fears... yep, we hear ya, whoever you are! You may have seen mention that this month, the American Diabetes Association sent out a fundraising email with a controversial subject line that drew the ire of many in the DOC, with Kerri Sparling over at SixUntilMe representing by pointing out that she prefers messages of hope instead of scare tactics. Fortunately, the ADA saw the error of its ways and promises to do better . who we've just found in the DOC blogosphere. He's in the professional food world, and we had fun reading his take on personal food habits: I Eat What I Want . Speaking of food, Kate over at Sweet Success writes about a recent CDE visit where she had to seek Permission to Eat. Ugh, not cool. Diabetes devices can generate a lot of data, and sometimes that boils over into overload... Molly shares her insights on that over at her Hugging the Cactus blog. When I Am Weak, He Is Strong ... Do. Not. Miss. This one by type 1 peep Brittany at The Diabetic Journey blog. Words certainly have th Continue reading >>

Diabetesmine.com - Home | Facebook

Diabetesmine.com - Home | Facebook

Welcome to the DiabetesMine Test Kitchen! Team Type 1 Captain on Diabetes & Heart Health Transportation barriers are a serious issue in healthcare access, and it's good to see some action happening on that front across the USA -- from UberHealth and Lyft, to what the AADE is working to do in addressing lower-income, underserved populations... The Transportation Challenge in Diabetes Care DiabetesMine reports on ways the Diabetes Community is addressing transportation issues for healthcare access, from Uber and Lyft and beyond. March Madness Bracketology... Diabetes Style! Are your brackets as busted as so many are during this Big Dance Season?? We love hearing stories from those in our Diabetes Community, including's today's guest post by Karyn Wofford. What a great #DOC we have!! DiabetesMine features Karyn Wofford in Georgia, a professional travel who lives with type 1 diabetes and is also an active patient advocate. PASSED: The Insulin Price Transparency Act of 2018 passed the House Health Committee today and is moving on in the process! People with Type 1 Diabetes (and many with Type 2) need insulin every day to survive. More A vial of insulin used to cost $21 in 1996 and in 2017, it cost $271. Even accounting for inflation, thats a 700% price increase for the exact same product. My bill will give those who are held hostage to price increases some answers as to why they have to pay so much. Thank you to the many patients, nurses, doctors, and others who testified and helped get this bill through committee. It is an honor to fight for you at the Capitol. More updates to come! Full bill: Have you or your family had any issues with T1D and child care? Diabetes Discrimination at Child Care Centers Gets Slapped The U.S. Department of Justice reaches a settlement to ensu Continue reading >>

Tandem Diabetes Care Announces Upcoming Change To Unitedhealthcare Customer Access

Tandem Diabetes Care Announces Upcoming Change To Unitedhealthcare Customer Access

Tandem Diabetes Care Announces Upcoming Change to UnitedHealthcare Customer Access May 03, 2016 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time SAN DIEGO--( BUSINESS WIRE )--Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM), a medical device company and manufacturer of the t:slim, t:slim G4 and t:flex Insulin Pumps, stated that it has learned that UnitedHealthcare yesterday announced that effective July 1, 2016, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and Commercial members will no longer have an in-network choice among insulin pump providers. This unexpected decision by UnitedHealthcare designates Medtronic as their preferred, in-network durable medical equipment provider of insulin pumps. The Company anticipates that this decision will prevent a majority of UnitedHealthcare members from purchasing an insulin pump on an in-network basis from Tandem Diabetes Care and several other durable medical equipment providers. Having diabetes isnt a choice. How people manage it should be, said Kim Blickenstaff, president and CEO of Tandem Diabetes Care. Insulin pumps are not a one-size fits all solution. Selecting which pump is the best fit for a person to manage their therapy needs should be a decision made between a person and their healthcare provider. UnitedHealthcares preferred relationship does not apply to members who are 18 years old and younger, UnitedHealthcare Sierra Health and Life Commercial members, as well as all Medicare Advantage members. UnitedHealthcare will continue to cover supplies for all insulin pump brands while in-warranty and still functioning properly. In 2015, the Company shipped approximately 15,500 insulin pumps, of which approximately 1,200 pumps were to people who would not have been eligible for in-network coverage under UnitedHealthcares new preferred relationship. Tandem Diab Continue reading >>

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