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Real-World Data from Medtronic's Guardian Connect & Sugar.IQ Shows Improved Outcomes

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This week at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Annual Meeting, Medtronic announced real-world data on its Guardian Connect continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system and Sugar.IQ diabetes assistant app. The Guardian Connect system and Sugar.IQ app empower people using multiple daily injections (MDI) to more proactively manage their diabetes with meaningful, personalized insights. The real-world data was recorded by users of the Guardian Connect CGM paired with the Sugar.IQ.

Sugar.IQ diabetes assistant is a separate app that continually analyzes how an individual's glucose levels respond to food intake, insulin dosages, daily routines, and other factors. The Sugar.IQ app combines data from the Guardian Connect CGM system with artificial intelligence technology from IBM Watson Health to detect important patterns and trends for people with diabetes and help them make more informed decisions on how to better manage glucose levels and stay within target range.

The data showed that people using the Guardian Connect system with the Sugar.IQ app experienced 4.1% more Time in Range (63.4%) compared to Guardian Connect alone (59.3%), which represents about one extra hour per day. And those who also used the optional Glycemic Assist feature to review their response to specific foods increased Time in Range by an additional 4% compared to those not using that feature.

Learn more from the official Medtronic press release.

Update on Medtronic's Guardian Connect CGM System

Healthy Living Medical Supply’s Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Team had the opportunity to participate in a live webinar yesterday from Medtronic – the focus of the session was their new stand-alone CGM product known as the Guardian Connect CGM System. Our team has been eagerly anticipating the launch of this product since the product received FDA approval back in March.

Here are a few highlights of what we learned about the product during the webinar:

1.     The Guardian Connect transmitter connects via Bluetooth technology to iPhones (and iPod Touch devices if you can purchase one on eBay)

2.     The sensor is the same as the one used for the 670G closed loop system, but the Guardian Connect transmitter DOES NOT communicate with the 670G pump. The transmitter is labeled “GC” which differentiates it from the transmitter used with the 670G pump.

3.     The system does not have a receiver—this will be a great benefit to those patients who don’t want to haul around another piece of hardware.

4.     Android support is coming-Medtronic is targeting the end of the calendar year for Android users.

5.     The sensor features a new barrier which helps mitigate against skin irritation – this is also the smallest sensor ever for a Medtronic CGM product.

6.     Sensor wear time is up to 7 days and the system includes a one-year warranty.

7.     The system features a range of alerts, including predictive alerts which can notify of highs and lows anywhere from 10-60 minutes in advance.

8.     Patients can invite up to five care partners to view data and receive alerts via SMS and data is easily shared with providers via the Care Link system.

9.     The Guaurdian Connect CGM System providers users access to the Sugar.IQ diabetes assistant, which is a separate application on the phone. The Sugar.IQ app takes real time data from the Guardian Connect app, sync with IBM’s Watson, and then presents various insulin, food and motivational insights to the user.

Medtronic’s Guardian Connect Smart CGM system is slated to be released in early summer. The system is not approved by Medicare, but should be reimbursed by most major commercial insurances including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health Alliance Plan of Michigan, Priority Health, etc.

If you are a patient and wish to learn more about the Guradian Connect Smart CGM system, visit this link.

For providers interested in learning more, visit this link.

If you would like to be contacted by Healthy Living once this system becomes available, please fill out the brief form below:

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Cold-Packed Insulin & Next-Day Shipping Make Home Delivery an Excellent Choice

Cold-packed insulin, ready for shipment

Cold-packed insulin, ready for shipment

“How do you keep the insulin cold?” Our Healthy Living team often receives questions like this one about our insulin shipping practices. The key answers to this question are that Healthy Living Pharmacy cold-packs all insulin and carefully plans shipping so that patients receive it the next day. Whether you are using multiple daily injections or an insulin pump, we know that you depend on having your insulin delivered on time, with the support of a pharmacy team you can trust.

Seven Vital Stats about Healthy Living Insulin Shipping:

  1. Packing Method: For one bottle of insulin, one ice pack is used. Then the ice pack and insulin are enclosed in bubble wrap and foil packing (more ice packs are used for multiple bottles of insulin in a shipment).
  2. Shipping Days: Insulin is shipped Monday through Thursday, so that patients will have their insulin the next business day.
  3. Cold Retention: Cold-packed insulin stays cold about 24 hours.
  4. Shipping Range: The Pharmacy ships insulin throughout the state of Michigan only, to ensure next-day delivery.
  5. Seasonality: Packing methods are tailored for the season – less ice packs are used in the winter (to prevent freezing) and more ice packs are used in the summer.
  6. Extreme Temps: On super hot or cold days, the Healthy Living Team calls patients to remind them to watch for a delivery on their porch and put it in the fridge immediately.
  7. Shipping Companies: We use ProMed Delivery and UPS Ground for shipping insulin.

To make life easier, contact Healthy Living to learn about our home delivery services for diabetes supplies and prescriptions.

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