Tim Omer, hypodiabetic, nightscout, CGM hackers, CGM sensors

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TIC TAK TECHNOLOGY

An interview with Tim Omer, a CGM 'hacker' and Nightscout

proponent, by Sue Marshall.

T

im Omer has had

Type 1 diabetes for

about 20 years. If

his name is familiar,

it might be because

we included a story about his South East

Asia trip in an issue of this magazine

from April 2015.

Professionally, Omer came from a

technology background but says, "In

that area I have always been involved

in interface between technology and

people, not just in the field of technology

alone. I can now use my skill sets within

the diabetes arena."

Already interested because of his

own diabetes and his knowledge of

technology development, Omer got

involved by talking to people, finding out

what was out there, and what people

thought was missing. "It's important

to note," he says, "that the start point

was not to create an artificial pancreas,

at least not for me. Initially the intent

was much more modest. I've been

surprised at how much the community

has achieved, the number of people

involved, and impetus to move it

forward."

At the moment Omer is part of an

online community of 'citizen hackers',

whom he says are, "normal people

creating our own technology solutions."

He was inspired by the people behind

the #WeAreNotWaiting movement

which has been 'powered' (if you like)

by the frustration of diabetics tired of

waiting for technical solutions to their

problems. "The reality," says Omer, "was

that the solutions were there but access

was limited and costly. Some patients

do have access to good technology,

like insulin pumps and CGM, but often

the devices are limited. They may only

last for six or seven days, or the data

being generated is limited by only being

visible on the device's own reader.

Various insulin pumps and CGMs do not

talk to each other, but that is imposed

by the manufacturers, it's not that the

equipment can't be made to do it. Its

limitation is in the manufacturers design,

not the technology itself, that restricts

people's choices and access to their

own data."

In the main, we're all used to

accepting the situation regarding access

to technology and how that technology

works. Clearly manufacturers are putting

in the time and money for research

and development, and these solutions

cost money to buy and use. Diagnoses

of diabetes are on the rise and in that

growing group there are people who can

keep up with how the technology works

and can see that they can get involved

and make the technology work for them

in ways that are not presently 'allowed' by

the manufacturers.

Says Omer, "The technology is good,

but how we are using it is bad - we want

to use it better. As it stands the devices

commonly CGMs and insulin pumps do

not give us easy access to our real-time

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