As many of you know, in June we received FDA clearance of MiniMed Connect. Today, we’re thrilled to announce we’re now shipping the first and only product that discretely and conveniently displays both insulin pump and CGM data on your smartphone. Of course, it also allows caregivers to remotely monitor your diabetes data and can even send them text messages when your sensor glucose gets too high or too low.
If you haven’t already pre-ordered MiniMed Connect, you can now place your order. Still have questions? We have you covered with answers to your top questions below.
1. What kind of data does the uploader send to the MiniMed Connect app?
- CGM: Current sensor glucose reading (with high and low limits) shown on a graph (3, 6, 12, 24-hour views), time until your next BG calibration, and number of days before next sensor change. It does not display your BG meter readings.
- Pump: Active insulin, amount of insulin in reservoir, and pump battery level. Note that the app is not enabled to show bolus markers, change pump settings, or control your insulin pump.
- System: Uploader battery level and device status information
2. What is the best way to carry the uploader?
The uploader is 2.5 inches x 1 inch x 0.5 inches – about the size of an electronic car key or a USB drive – so you can put it on a keychain, in your pocket, or along with something you always keep close to you (maybe your meter case?). We’re working on a case to carry both the pump and uploader. In the meantime, hopefully you’ll share us your best tips for keeping it close.
3. How does the uploader work?
The uploader communicates with the pump through radio frequency, and uses Bluetooth Low Energy to send your data to the mobile app. It sends pump and CGM information about every five minutes, and the app uploads all of your data to CareLink each night. The data uploads use less than 100MB of data per month. You can also disable syncing to CareLink and just use the system as a local monitor if you like.
4. If I go out of range, or do not have one of the devices with me, what will happen?
If you don’t have your uploader, pump, or phone within range (uploader less than 6 feet from your insulin pump; uploader less than 20 feet from your iPhone or iPod touch), your phone will stop receiving information. The information will automatically backfill to your mobile app and CareLink Personal account once you’re back in range.
5. Why do I have to carry an extra device?
The uploader converts your pump data into information that’s displayed on the mobile app and sent to CareLink. Right now, your pump cannot talk to your phone without the uploader, but we’re working on future products that wouldn’t need the uploader.
6. What smart devices are compatible with MiniMed Connect?
It’s compatible with iPhone 4S and up, iPod touch 4th generation and up, and works best on mobile devices with the operating system of iOS8 and newer. We’re looking into making the app compatible with the iWatch and iPad for the future.
We have also established a strategic alliance with Samsung and are working together to develop the MiniMed Connect app for Android that delivers an optimized experience on Samsung mobile devices.
7. Why did you develop for Apple first?
We chose Apple for the first version because it’s faster to complete the new system validation process with Apple, as you can validate on one type of device and cover the entire iOS family. With Android, it takes a little longer. You can be one of the first to know about Android compatibility by signing up here.
8. How do my care partners see my information?
Care partners can view your CareLink data from any Internet-connected smartphone or computer. They don’t need to download their own app. You’ll need to share your CareLink login information with them so they can log in and see your device data. Up to three care partners can also receive customized text message notifications that let them know important information, like when your sensor glucose levels go too high or too low, if you don’t clear the alarm yourself. In most cases, your care partner will not get a notification for every alert and alarm; just those alarms that haven’t been cleared on the pump for a certain period of time.
9. Are there any advantages to having the MiniMed Connect if you use a pump without a sensor?
The primary benefit is the sensor glucose display, but there is still benefit if you don’t use a sensor. You’ll still be able to see your active insulin, reservoir volume, and pump battery level. You can also take advantage of the automatic data uploads to CareLink Personal as your full pump history will be automatically uploaded every 24 hours.
10. Is MiniMed Connect covered by insurance?
Because this isn’t a prescription device, it’s not covered by insurance. The product costs $199, and you may be able to use your flexible spending account (FSA) for the purchase. FSAs differ, so make sure to check your policy.
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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