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Life with MiniMed 670G System: Perspective of a Busy Teenager

When fifteen-year-old Nikhita wakes up knowing her glucose is stable and will stay in range, she owns the day. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of five, the MiniMed 670G system has given Nikhita increased confidence, and reinforced her motivation and determination to continue to achieve more. I started using the MiniMed

Thriving on Life with the MiniMed 670G System

For the past 30 years, John Caldwell felt like managing his type 1 diabetes was a full-time job. Now with the MiniMed 670G system, John worries less about managing his diabetes and spends more time doing the things he enjoys – extreme sports, such as skydiving, biking, snowboarding, hiking, and backpacking. John is one

Hooman Hakami Talks Women in Leadership at Medtronic

Earlier this year, the Medtronic Women’s Network (MWN), the company’s oldest and largest employee resource group (ERG), announced the appointment of Hooman Hakami as its new executive sponsor. Hooman has been the executive vice president and group president of the Diabetes Group at Medtronic since June 2014. He provides overall strategic direction and operational

Experiencing the MiniMed 670G System after 43 Years with Diabetes

In March, we shipped the MiniMed 670G systems to customers in the Customer Training Phase. Among them is Laura, Medtronic Clinical Specialist in Phoenix, Arizona, who has been a part of the Medtronic family – both as a Certified Product Trainer and employee – for 26 years. Today, she shares her experience with the

Chasing Numbers: Battling Low Blood Sugar Levels

Busy Physician Assistant and single mother of three children, Sherifa, is all too familiar with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). “There were nights I was afraid to fall asleep,” she recalls. “I stopped getting early low warning symptoms, and there were mornings I would crash and not even know it. It was very scary.” Low

Medtronic Turning Point Facilitates Integrated Care for High-Risk Diabetes Patients

This article is based on an interview with Dr. Edward Dick, MD, Medical Director at Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc on the Medtronic Turning Point program. As Medical Director of Methodist Healthcare Ministries, Dr. Edward Dick, MD, sees the impact type 2 diabetes has on patients in his Southern Texas community. The

SmartGuard Technology Helps People with Diabetes Worry Less About Lows

Diabetes is a complex disease to manage, and it can be extremely challenging to keep blood sugar levels within an ideal target range. While reducing high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) is important, as it can lead to long-term complications, reducing low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can be a matter of life or death. Low blood sugar

Breaking News: FDA Approves the MiniMed 670G System, World’s First Hybrid Closed Loop System

This post originally appeared on The LOOP blog on September 28, 2016 written by Karrie Hawbaker. Today we have fantastic news to share – Medtronic has received FDA approval of the world’s first hybrid closed loop system! The MiniMed® 670G system is the most advanced insulin pump and sensor system designed to help people

DreaMed Captures A Physician’s Logic for an Artificial Pancreas Algorithm

In 2015, we took another step forward in the pursuit of developing an artificial pancreas. We joined forces with DreaMed Diabetes, a leading developer of diabetes treatment and management solutions, to incorporate DreaMed’s MD-Logic Artificial Pancreas algorithm into Medtronic’s future closed loop systems. Professor Moshe Phillip, M.D., Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of DreaMed

Value-Based Healthcare: A New Approach to Diabetes Care

Value-based healthcare is driving change in the healthcare industry – emerging as a solution to rising healthcare costs, clinical inefficiency, and to make it easier for people to get the care they need. In the current fee-for-service model, healthcare providers are paid based on volume – number of patients seen, tests orders, and procedures