Health 2.0 Diabetes and Tech
Nov. 20 at Hub:Raum in Berlin
We held our first joint production with the Berlin Health 2.0 group, which went quite well.
Guests gave a short presentation of their current work, and then we went into discussions.
Some basic takeaways from the evening:
Bastian Hauck pointed out that the world’s diabetics if put in one place would be the 3rd largest country in the world, which is pretty mind-blowing. He has worked extensively in building the diabetic community, and one really wonders what this diverse group could accomplish if we all worked on common goals.
Christian Krey showed the connected digital pen from the Emperra system. It uses bt and connects to their secure-server based system. A connected pen is long overdue, and I applaud the move in this direction. Would be great if they opened it up and developed as an open system. Didn’t have time to examine it closely, I know that it accepts all major insulin types, and transfers data to the base station. Design could be sexier, but it is a start. I am unsure if their server based system is ideal for everyone, although the german regulatory issues are very complicated to say the least.
Dr. Kordonouri is a big believer in an insulin/cgm closed loop system, though not a big fan of the glucagon component. This would certainly be great for some users, especially children and those who just can’t deal with dosage issues. She was skeptical of systems which use too many seperate devices, thinking that this would place too great an inconvenience on users. She might have a point there, although i seem to be carrying quite a few devices already (iphone, 2 bg meters, laptop, digital insulin pen, plus sometimes a camera, a microphone, and maybe soon a watch.) If it makes our lives better, we will carry the devices.
By the way, a friend just got a 5s and was so happy to have it and play with it. This is a really important factor that is still missing from our diabetes devices. If the devices have amazing design, people will be much more likely to embrace them.
Amin started his talk by crediting the CGM in the cloud hack project. People taking solution into their own hands and making solutions. On the other hand he is taking the official route with Insulin Angel. I am hoping he will be the Berlin Diabetes and Tech group’s first commercial success.
Jorinde showed her interface for an App based goal/reward system for helping with motivation. Nice interface, looking forward to getting a beta version to test.
Our Berlin Diabetes and Tech group was well represented both on stage and in the crowd. My mind is racing the possibilities of setting up a diabetes Tech accelerator in Berlin. Anyone want to sponsor such a project, hopefully in Mitte, K’berg, or F’hain? Let’s talk….
Also there was a guy in the audience showing a portable, low cost, disposable A1C test. Once again an interesting item, not sure everyone needs one, but very interesting for people in hard to reach places.
Discussion was focused, sometimes technical, sometimes philosophical. I am really regretting I didn’t record, just ordered a mic for my computer, so hopefully I can fix that next time.