This is an excerpt from my blog Climbing Diabetes. To read the entire post, please see climbingdiabetes.blogspot.com
So I’m a biomedical engineer (BME). When I started college, I really wanted to be playing with stem cells, but I picked the school who’s BME program was all biomechanics, aka movement analysis and prosthetics, because they gave me lots of money to go there. As I took more and more classes, I realized I really enjoyed bioinstrumentation, aka fancy medical devices, because on any given day, I can be found carrying at least three of them on my person.
I was psyched when I saw that the DSMA (Diabetes Social Media Advocacy) was hosting a discussion week about medical devices. Unfortunately, because my social life is sideways and upside down in the summer, I haven’t been able to join in to any of the convos. but I read the transcripts and try and listen in on at least some of the radiotalk on Thursdays. Then, I found out that it was this month’s blog carnival, and I’ve been scheming about what to write about since I saw it. I go back and forth with a lot of these issues because while I understand why they exist, I still think it sucks
Because I’m on the up and up (I think) on how device development works, I know that bringing serious innovation forward to existing devices is hard. Partly because of how the FDA approves changes and partly because of how big business works. After that comes all the cool stuff I’d like to see happen with our current D technology.