Even MORE way cool whiz bang

Even MORE way cool whiz bang

Given this fascination with way cool whiz bang diabetes technology it should surprise no one that Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) who already has the ultimate in way cool whiz bang diabetes technology with their 670G is diving even deeper into the way cool whiz bang pool. Per a press release issued today;

“Medtronic plc (NYSE: MDT), the global leader in medical technology, and Fitbit (NYSE: FIT), the leader in the connected health and fitness market, announced a partnership to integrate health and activity tracking for patients living with diabetes and their physicians and care teams. The iPro(TM)2 myLog mobile app will allow patients living with type 2 diabetes to see their glucose levels and physical activity data in one streamlined application. The new integration and partnership brings together Medtronic’s sophisticated medical technology with the convenience of automatic activity tracking from Fitbit, which provides meaningful insights into how exercise impacts glucose levels for more effective diabetes care management.”

It won’t be long before a patient with diabetes will be hooked up to more devices than Minnesota has lakes. Think about this for a moment besides wearing an insulin pump, continuous sensor and carrying around a smartphone each day they also will wear the Fitbit device. Even for patients who don’t use an insulin pump there are a plethora of devices available, including but not limited to “smart” insulin pens, and dumb patch pens.

Pretty soon besides having to worry about managing their diabetes patients will have another worry on their hands; making sure all these devices are charged, calibrated and working properly. That besides making sure their insulin is refrigerated or that the batteries in their pump aren’t running out of steam that this plethora of wearable devices are also charged. Heck we can just see it now when some smart company starts marketing a diabetes device charging station.

Now we are not trying to make light of this announcement, well maybe a little, but are we not approaching the point of information analytical overload. The point where patients throw their hands up in the air and scream “WTF”. Are we not dangerously close to death by analytics? Paralysis by analysis?

Take it to the bank that the diabetes blogging community in Silicon Valley will just love this. This is a group that has never meet a way cool whiz bang device or app they didn’t like. A group which is actively engaged with their diabetes management and believes that every patient with diabetes is as actively engaged as they are. That patients who are not actively engaged with their diabetes are not worthy, that they are inferior because they are not actively engaged.

It does not dawn on these people that the majority of patients AREN’T like them. That they are not micromanaging their diabetes. They are not using every whiz band way cool cloud enabled device or app. That they have lives outside of diabetes. Even worse these patients are given no credit whatsoever, that they must be told what to do, that they must be treated like children.

Hey we’ve got some news for these people the majority of patients aren’t idiots, they do have a brain and can think for themselves. They are also getting sick and tired of being told what to do and being treated like imbeciles. That instead of talking at them it would preferable to talk with them. To listen to their concerns, not just give these concerns lip service. To stop the condescending attitude and provide help on their terms.

We’ve written much on this subject and quite frankly we’re more than a little pissed off on how the concerns of these patients falls on deaf ears. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again these people, the majority of patients understand that diabetes is serious, that it needs to be managed. That they want to live their lives WITH but not FOR their diabetes. They have lives outside of diabetes but this does not minimize for one second that they are not a person with diabetes. They have the exact same diabetes as the West Coast Mafia, they are not second class citizens just because they are not as actively engaged as the Mafia.

As Momma Kliff used to say; “Just because someone does something different than you do does not make them wrong. They are not inferior just because they do things differently than you do. All this proves is they are different it does not make them wrong, inferior or not worthy of your respect. Life is tough enough there is no need to make it tougher by disrespecting differences. Simply put remember to treat others with the same respect you expect.”