Hi Chris. I’m the Community Manager at Tidepool.
As a 501©3 nonprofit organization, we provide our software for free to people with diabetes, their care teams, and clinicians. We are supported by public and private grant-making foundations like JDRF (you’ll see their logo everywhere on our software and emails), Goldsmith Foundation, and Helmsley Charitable Trust.
We also generate revenue through our support for research and clinical studies. Specifically, Tidepool Clinical Study Platform can be used as a backend for metabolic studies. Additionally, we ask our users if they would like to opt-in to donate their data to Tidepool Big Data Donation Project. If they choose to participate, we will anonymize and de-identify their data. Those donated datasets are then licensed out to industry partners and academic institutions for their big data efforts.
We disclose all of the groups who have licensed data from us at https://tidepool.org/bigdata/datapartners - transparency is key for us.
At Tidepool, we believe people with diabetes own their data. Our job is to empower PWDs to do cool stuff with their data. If they want to share it with their Doctor, we’ll provide that option. If they want to donate their data, we’ll provide that option as well. Everything that is done with PWD data is done with their explicit consent. At the end of the day, our mission is to make your data accessible, meaningful, and actionable, and we think our free software is the way to do that.
I’ll bookmark this thread in case you (Chris), or anyone else have any questions about how we do things.
Have a nice day!
Tidepool Community Manager