If it werenâ€™t for COVID-19, we would be in Chicago today hosting the Summer 2020 DiabetesMine D-Data ExChange technology forum as an in-person event.
We would be in the Windy City along with thousands of others involved in diabetes treatment and care heading to the huge American Diabetes Association (ADA) annual meeting that was supposed to take place there.
So it is with much excitement â€” and a few butterflies in our stomachs â€” that weâ€™re debuting the first-ever Virtual #DData ExChange today. Weâ€™re hosting roughly 140 diabetes innovation leaders in a new interactive platform that replicates the experience of being at a live event.
In fact, today marks our 14th #DData event since its inception in Fall of 2013, where the #WeAreNotWaiting hashtag and movement were born!
What is the D-Data ExChange?
The very first #DData meeting was essentially an ad hoc gathering of early patient hackers. Knowing there were lots of folks out there starting to tinker with diabetes technology, we pulled a meeting together as a pre-day to our annual DiabetesMine Innovation Summit, then held at Stanford School of Medicine. There was excitement in the air and an upsurge of interest from around the country!
The connections made at these events have had some exciting tangible results, including:
- A lot of folks from the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) community getting hired by forward- thinking industry organizations. What could be better than placing those brilliant patient-focused minds where they can help change the market for diabetes tools?
- Partnerships, research projects, pilot programs, and advisory boards.
- Importantly, weâ€™ve seen and are seeing real strides in interoperability and embracing open-source models in diabetes innovation.
#DData has always been a place to hear about cutting-edge technology from the DIY community and various startups, along with new regulatory pathways directly from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) leaders.
Today, one focus will be on how the industry is preparing for a flood of new users of emerging Closed Loop systems, aka Automated Insulin Delivery (AID), or â€œArtificial Pancreasâ€ systems. How will they provide customer support, education, and training for an onslaught of new users who are not DIY types, and may inevitably need a lot of â€œhand-holding?â€
Weâ€™ll also have a look at some hot new apps for parents and caregivers of children with type 1 diabetes (T1D), and three up-and-coming new continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems.
The DiabetesMine D-Data ExChange gathers patient-entrepreneurs rallying behind the grassroots #WeAreNotWaiting movement with the major pharma leaders, medical device manufacturers, clinicians, and researchers creating vital algorithms, consumer mHealth tech experts and designers, and the FDA.
Itâ€™s all about connecting the diabetes DIY community with leaders from pharma, Medtech, regulatory, clinical, and digital health design worlds to have candid conversations and break down barriers. To keep it intimate, and foster quality networking, we generally cap these events at a max of 150 individuals.
Whatâ€™s on the Summer #DData2020 program?
Weâ€™ll take a look a whatâ€™s happening in the world of diabetes Medtech innovation in 2020. Of course, weâ€™ll spend some significant time addressing the realities of what patients face â€œout in the trenchesâ€ of daily diabetes management.
This summerâ€™s lineup includes:
A HUGE â€œTHANK YOUâ€ to the organizations who have stepped up to support this community and make these gatherings possible:
This content is created for Diabetes Mine, a leading consumer health blog focused on the diabetes community that joined ishonest Media in 2015. The Diabetes Mine team is made up of informed patient advocates who are also trained journalists. We focus on providing content that informs and inspires people affected by diabetes.
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