Diabetes Technology - Staying Up-To-Date

Advancements in diabetes technology have revolutionized care for people with diabetes. A lot has changed since the Ames Reflectance Meter was first introduced in 1970. It was another decade until meter became readily available. The first insulin pen was produced by Helinos in the mid-1950's and said to be a "painless diabetes syringe". The Biostator was the first insulin pump invented in 1974 and primarily used to treat DKA. Medtronic introduced the first blinded continuous glucose monitor in 1999 followed by a personal CGM in 2004. Integrated insulin pump and CGM systems were introduced on 2006 the same year Dexcom became available. 

While this diabetes history lesson may be interesting and some of you may vividly recall these seminal moments in diabetes history, why is it important? I think that we are at an important time in our specialty. As diabetes educators (specialist) or what ever our name change will be, we need to take ownership of diabetes technology. Many unskilled or credentialed healthcare providers from many disciplines are providing these services. If we don't claim our expertise, someone else will.

As you may know, AADE is in the process of shaping the future of our profession for the changing healthcare environment. Embracing and leveraging technology and becoming experts in technology and data interpretation is one of the six areas of Project Vision. If you want to learn more, visit Project Vision

As a specialist, how do you stay up-to-date on new and emerging technology? How do you learn about new meter technology (Bluetooth, integrated app), different types of CGM's (iCGM, flash, implanted), integrated pumps and CGM features (PLGS, automated insulin delivery)? How do you get the latest unbiased information regarding health-related apps that monitor fitness, food, medical conditions, and wellness? Where can you go for tech-smart learning, update news, publication, live events on all things diabetes-related technology? 

You are right is you said DANA (Diabetes Advanced Network Access). AADE robust, always-current dstination developed to support the technology access and assessment needs of healthcare professionals who care for patients living with diabetes and other chronic conditions. 

If you want to learn more about DANA and Project Vision, plan to attend the Massachusetts AADE Spring Meeting on Saturday, March 23rd from 8:30-Noon at the Hilton Garden Inn Foxboro Patriot Place. Laurie Scher, MA, RDN, CDE, and chair of AADE's Diabetes Technology Community of Interest (COI) group will share with you the rich information DANA has to offer. 

For more information or to register for this FREE event visit Spring Meeting


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