Insulet's Omnipod DASH is now officially available in the United States. The Omnipod DASH™ System combines a tubeless, waterproof, wearable Pod that provides up to 72 hours of non-stop insulin with an easy-to-use, touch-screen, Bluetooth®-enabled Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM) that looks like a normal smartphone. The Pod can be worn anywhere you would administer an injection. Placement is easy, completed with the touch of a button and without even seeing a needle. The DASH system is available with limited release right now, and Healthy Living anticipates providing the system at the end of this year or early in 2020.
There are two components to the DASH system.
The Pod is a small, waterproof device that you fill with insulin and wear directly on your body.
The Pod includes a small, flexible cannula that inserts automatically with the push of a button.
The Pod communicates wirelessly with the Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM) to program insulin delivery.
The Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM):
Multiple PDM features support how you control your insulin.
The system includes two mobile apps and accompanying widgets.
Compatibility with other systems simplifies the tracking and recording of data.
Beyond Type 1 addresses the updates in the Omnipod DASH system:
What’s New in the DASH™ System?
Updated PDM (Personal Diabetes Manager) – The handheld portion of the Omnipod Insulin Management System got an update and will feature a color touchscreen display.
Bluetooth wireless technology – DASH™ PDM and Pod will communicate via Bluetooth, laying the groundwork for current and future integrations with compatible technology – like meters, CGM, and management apps.
Meter integration – DASH™ will be optimized for use with CONTOUR® NEXT ONE Blood Glucose Meter for the transfer of blood glucose readings to the PDM’s bolus calculator via Bluetooth – The PDM will no longer have a built-in BGM.
Diabetes management app integrations – The Omnipod Display and Omnipod View apps will provide users and their caregivers easy access to their insulin therapy information on their smartphones.
Omnipod DISPLAY allows users to discreetly monitor their PDM data on their smartphones.
Omnipod DISPLAY on a smartphone will include a “Find My PDM” feature.
Omnipod VIEW allows parents and caregivers to monitor their loved ones’ diabetes more easily.
The iOS Today View widget allows users and their care teams to see their or their loved ones’ PDM and continuous glucose monitor (CGM) data on one smartphone screen with one swipe.
New Pods – The DASH™ pods will look and work the same, but have been updated for Bluetooth compatibility with the DASH™ PDM. Old pods will not work with the new PDM.
Rechargeable Battery – The DASH™ PDM will require recharging of its lithium ion battery, replacing the AAA batteries used in current Omnipod PDMs.
Payment Structure – The DASH™ PDM will be offered at no cost with the purchase of Pods.