I would like to get comments from all of you Omnipod users for an idea that I would like to pursue. Both my son and I use the Omnipod and one of the downsides of the system is downloading the data. I usually try to download the PDM atleast once a week but at times I have a hard time getting the PDM from my son, who is now 17 and interested in cars and girls. What I would like to do is build an adapter that plugs into the PDM that would allow the PDM to be downloaded at a settable time, using 3g or Wifi to a central database (almost similiar to the Copilot system). Then I wouldn't have to track my son down and get his PDM because the data would automatically download.
Once the data has downloaded to the centralized repository the system would "Data Mine" looking for:
- Trends in our A1C (30 day average BG) (ie. is our A1c slowly creeping up and forecast when we would hit that # if nothing was to be done)
- Monitor BG testing (are we testing enough, morning, lunch, dinner, night time, etc and provide notification to remind us of our testing)
- Look at trends in our IC ratio (pre meal and post meal)(are we within 30 points?)
- Basal rates (if we haven't eatend for a period, which we all do, are our basal rates holding?)
- Basal rate testing reminders if the system determines that #4 is outside of the 30 point window or not enough data points available for analysis
- The system would give recommendations for settings (IC, basal, sensitivity) based up the data and the trends
- ???? (looking for more comments)
The user interface to this system would be through an iPad or iPhone App that would give you "Push Notifications" to alert you that something needs to be done or checked. I find that it is easy to determine a problem but the big issue is what do I need to do to correct the problem and especially having a 17 year old off to college how, as a parent, can I monitor his BG without interfering with his college life but yet ensure he is maintaining his health.
I would love comments because this is something I am going to design and build. I am a seasoned software engineer and have been developing embedded system software for avionics for 20+ years. I have been hoping that the industry would step up and give us the tools we need but as a diabetic I know what is best for me and my son. Insulet Corporation has given us an incredible product that has made my life wonderful. I am wanting to take this product and move it to the next step where it becomes more of a prognostic tool to assist in having great #'s.
Keep in mind that in the avionics world this type of technology is used to monitor the health of aircraft engines which we fly daily. Because of this type of technology it has become safer to fly. Our bodies are machines and in some ways are repeatable. Because we are repeatable we can also be trended to determine changes to the "norm".
So give me feedback as to what you would like to see in an iPad or iPhone App to assist you in your diabetes management.
Look forward to hearing from you.