Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump Dr Matthias Axel Achweitzer

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peaking about the product

on behalf of Roche, Dr

Matthias Axel Schweitzer*

says, "Diabetes therapy is

a process - it involves more

than one element. Education, information

in the form of blood glucose results and

medication, all of which has to be daily. It

may also involve the need for behavioural

change and on-going monitoring of

success. We call this 'personalised

diabetes management'."

Prior to launching the new insulin

pump, Roche investigated how receptive

people with diabetes were to new

technologies. Dr Axel Schweitzer relates,

"We found that uptake was not affected

by age - older people were just as able

to take the new technology onboard. We

The newly launched Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump is one part of

the Accu-Chek diabetes management system, which focuses on

ease of use and communication between its elements.

found that ease of use was vital as well

as improved outcomes in terms of their

diabetes management. Also, technical

difficulties were barriers to both ease

of use and satisfaction. Web-based

technology was seen as easiest to use.

Interaction with and support from HCPs

or peers was also valued. This helped us

to see that the solutions we gave had to

be easier to use, and easy to share."

He goes on to say, "The fact is that it's

not a single solution. It's called the AccuChek diabetes management system for

a reason. Diabetes care is now about

integrated systems of insulin delivery and

glucose monitoring."

Clinical trials of the new Insight have

shown that certain aspects of the new

pump have proven popular. Dr Ingrid

Schutz-Fuhrmann of Hietzing Hospital in

Vienna confirms, "The new Insight has

various capabilities that worked really

well for users. We were able to see that

the introduction of wireless transmission

of blood glucose data immediately led to

increased use of bolus calculator as well

as an increased adjustment of therapy by

the patient themselves via the on-screen

manager. It's just much easier to use than

previous models and more 'visual', so it

was quick for them to see an overview

of their diabetes control. The training for

using the pump was also very short. The

handheld unit is just like a smartphone,

which is why people quickly picked up

how it worked. It's a touch-screen and in

colour and they just liked using it."

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