Category : MaverickSpirit

25 Sep 2018
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Designing Medical Devices for Real World Use

Designing Medical Devices for Real World Use – A Case Study in Diabetes by Jen Block, VP Clinical and Medical Affairs September 25, 2018 A shortage of specialists, especially in endocrinology, means new technologies must become far simpler to learn and use I’ve been fortunate to work in many different healthcare settings in my career, and during my training as a family nurse practitioner, I spent considerable time working in primary care with patients across the age spectrum. For me, […]

02 Jul 2018

Medical Innovations Must Benefit All, Not Some

Medical Innovations Must Benefit All, Not Some by John Sjölund, VP Connected Injection July 2, 2018 I’ve been living with Type 1 diabetes for more than 30 years, and I have worked hard to never let my condition slow me down or limit me. I am a regular at my local Crossfit box, I have completed the largest bike and cross-country ski races in the world and numerous triathlons and half-marathons. I have lived in Africa, Europe and the United […]

10 May 2018
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Securing Medical Devices Requires New Thinking, Active Collaboration

Securing Medical Devices Requires New Thinking, Active Collaboration by Bryan Mazlish, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer May 10, 2018 Many medical devices in use today were developed before the time of smartphones and IoT-connected devices. Medical device security, historically, has been built around an understanding that physical security is what you’re trying to achieve – focusing on gating the physical access to the device, removing the user controls, relying on a medical professional to reprogram device settings. Previously, if you were holding […]

05 Apr 2018
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People Shouldn’t Need Their Own IT Department to Manage a Disease

People Shouldn’t Need Their Own IT Department to Manage a Disease by Jeffrey Brewer, Co-Founder and CEO April 5, 2018 Medical device companies should put more focus on patient experience and take responsibility for the ecosystem that surrounds their products We live in a world of technological marvels, but too many people still wish they had their own IT department to make all their various devices work together in harmony. Our smartphones connect to our televisions, baby monitors, doorbells, thermostats, […]

09 Mar 2018
a table of various blood glucose meters, lancing devices, insulin pumps, supplies

User-Centered Design Has Propelled Consumer Tech – Why Not Medical Devices?

User-Centered Design Has Propelled Consumer Tech – Why Not Medical Devices? by Jeffrey Brewer, Co-Founder and CEO March 9, 2018 Twenty-five years ago, the tech industry had a problem. Engineers and entrepreneurs were developing exciting new ways to connect individuals to the larger world, but going online was still a clunky, frustrating experience for users. Compared to those days, the industry has luxury problems now. More than 3 billion people are online, spending so much time at the computer (especially […]

13 Feb 2018
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Self-Experimenting with Vaccines Gets You Headlines, But Won’t Help People

Self-Experimenting with Vaccines Gets You Headlines, But Won’t Help People by Jeffrey Brewer, Co-Founder and CEO February 13, 2018 Testing out unproven vaccines on yourself and broadcasting the experiment on Facebook Live—as the CEO of Ascendance Biomedical did at a recent biohacking conference in Austin—is the way to make a splash. Such a spectacle gets attention and starts a conversation. But it won’t get innovative products to market faster, and it doesn’t count as progress toward making better treatments accessible to the people […]

13 Nov 2017
graphic representing how diabetes devices communicate with smartphones for remote monitoring purposes

Let’s Work Together to Reverse Recent Medicare Decision on Sharing CGM Data

Let’s Work Together to Reverse Recent Medicare Decision on Sharing CGM Data by Jeffrey Brewer, Co-Founder and CEO November 13, 2017 At the beginning of this year, I was among those celebrating a groundbreaking decision by CMS: the agency said it would begin covering the use of certain continuous glucose monitors (CGM) for people with insulin-requiring diabetes. But a more recent ruling by CMS is nothing to celebrate. According to this ruling, “if a beneficiary uses a non-DME (durable medical […]

30 Oct 2017
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Diabetes Apps Increase User Engagement But Should Be Doing Opposite

Diabetes Apps Increase User Engagement But Should Be Doing Opposite by Jeffrey Brewer, Co-Founder and CEO October 30, 2017 People with diabetes increasingly turn to smartphone apps to help them manage their condition, and people like my son, a young adult who has lived with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for fifteen years, now have more than 100 to choose from on iOS or Android devices. Researchers from the University of Florida recently took a look at these apps, and found it difficult […]