New Product Review: MiniMed Connect!

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I’ve always worn a Medtronic pump and continuous glucose monitor (CGM), and I’ve always loved the fact they are integrated. My CGM graph is right on my hip, on the screen of my pump. But I’ll admit, there have been times I’ve wished I could view my graph somewhere else too. For example, on cold winter days when I’m wrapped in layers, digging out my pump to view my CGM isn’t easy. So I’ve been anxiously awaiting MiniMed Connect, which allows me to also see my CGM data on something I always carry with me anyway – my iPhone.

I’m happy to say I was part of the MiniMed Connect pilot group, testing out the product for about a month, and have really loved using it. The features I was expecting are as good as I hoped. It’s nice to be able to see my CGM graph on my phone. I appreciate knowing my husband will get a text message if my blood sugar is low and I don’t clear the pump’s alarm. And I’m glad I no longer need to make time each week to upload my data to CareLink for my doctor to review.

I’m even more excited to have discovered features I didn’t know would be included! It was kind of a fun surprise for me, and I’ve found the extras very useful. Here are a few of my favorites.

1. Active insulin is front and center!

I was thrilled to see this feature on the MiniMed Connect display, right below my blood sugar number. If I’m ever unsure if I’ve bolused for a meal, one glance at that active insulin answers my question.

MiniMed Connect | The LOOP Blog2. Easy access to a lot more data than I expected.

That little icon in the upper right corner that looks like a blood drop lets me know how soon I need to calibrate my sensor by changing color as calibration time nears. And I can tap on it for the exact time my calibration is due. A tap on the upper left icon opens a screen that shows the battery and connection status of my uploader, battery and connection status of my pump, amount of insulin left in my reservoir, connection status of my sensor, and how many days of sensor life are left.

MiniMed Connect | The LOOP Blog3. I can view my CGM number on my phone’s lock screen.

When I got my MiniMed Connect, I set it up using the one page Welcome sheet (which I found to be a quick start guide, of sorts). But later that day, I sat down to read through the whole manual and that’s where I learned how to add MiniMed Connect to the lock screen. (I hadn’t even known the lock screen was customizable, so I’ve learned something new about my phone as well.) It’s an extra convenience to be able to get a quick CGM number status without unlocking my phone.

CGM data on my pump screen is something I’ve loved having most of the time. And now, for those other times, having the data on my phone makes things much easier.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

MiniMed Connect is intended to provide a secondary display of CGM and insulin pump information on a suitable consumer electronic device to care partners and users of a MiniMed 530G system or Paradigm REAL-Time Revel system for the purposes of passive monitoring.

MiniMed Connect is not intended to replace the primary display of continuous glucose monitoring and insulin pump information on the primary display device. All therapy decisions should be based on blood glucose measurements obtained from a blood glucose meter.

Please visit http://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/important-safety-information for complete safety information.

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