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What I Want, What I Really Really Want

Wow. There has been so much talk in the Diabetes Online Community recently about bypassing the FDA and creating "right now" solutions to Diabetes management. The "We are Not Waiting" crowd is using a mashup of CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) and smartwatch technology to remotely monitor young kids at school. I'm not a parent, but I can imagine that my thirst for number knowledge would have me cooking up something similar - in fact, I "designed" this type of cloud system on paper for my "Entrepreneurship for Engineers" course in undergrad. 

I have been thinking a lot about what I want my Diabetes Management resources to look like. As a wannabee runner I have ample time to dream up possibilities and analyze the feasibility. So, Dexcom, if you're out there...I would like to present my simple solution. It's not cloud based (although it could be) or reinventing the wheel. In my opinion its beautifully simple. And could be deployed in two phases if need be. 

My largest complaint about the Dexcom system is the receiver. It makes a weird lump in my pants pocket and is not easily accessible, like I feel this kind of data should be. [You didn't really think I would wear it on my belt in that weird case did you?] So, all I want is an option. Stuff all of those "receiver" parts into a watch. A sexy watch (like pebble), that lights up via touch technology for a quick glance whenever I want it. No more digging in my pocket, sometimes under a seat belt, to acknowledge the hi/low alarms. I want to be able to run and see my numbers while running unlike the current config where I have to stop running, fish CGM out of my running pocket, check it, fish it back in, and finally continue running (I've also tried to rig up an armband, but its equally frustrating and fashion-wise lame). When we order the CGM system, give us an option: regular old receiver (I'm sure there is a population who loves it already) or watch. The best part for you? This system cuts out the "cloud based middleman" ...no cellphone required and no complicated new technology, it's all stuff you are already giving us just in a different form. 


Phase 2: collaborate to design a meter that automatically sends finger stick readings to the receiver for calibration. We would love you long time. 

In summary, build us a watch that requires touch instead of physical exertion, that lights up or vibrates for the "alarms", that gives us much more situation awareness in a shorter amount of time...and all it requires is to design a new "case" for all those receiver parts. 

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  1. I love your idea. Let's send it to Dexcom!

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