Medtronic MiniMed 780G System Automated for an easier way to stabilise glucose levels.

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Medtronic USA

Over the pond, America is

Medtronic's biggest (and native)

market. As product availability

varies on market to market, there

are things moving ahead over there

that may (or may not) been seen in

the UK.

to even closer control with increased

time in range and decreased time in

hypo as well as a decreased risk of

long-term complications. It is also

possible to do remote monitoring,

which has been fantastic in the time

of the pandemic."

People can be reluctant to take

more insulin as that increases the

risk of hypo, and that might be

particularly true of people who do

physical work or who feel that their

diabetes is not something they want

to be seen in the workplace. I had

one patient on a 780G for just three

weeks who achieved 79% time in

range, which we both felt was a

huge success."

Gary Rapson is father to Max

who was diagnosed at the age of

18 months. Rapson says, "There

followed many years of not properly

sleeping. we went from multiple

daily injections to combined pump

and CGM; it was a big leap, but it

made sense. The MiniMed 780G has

changed our lives for the better."

*Not yet available in the UK.

It provides more

discretion in

its use, as the

customisable

alarms and alerts

can be set based

around the

individual and

can be set via the

phone app.

- Ali Dianaty

In 2019, Medtronic completed the

acquisition of Klue, a software

company that tracks people's eating

in real-time and analyzes it with

artificial intelligence (AI) to help

control diabetes. Medtronic plans to

incorporate Klue's technology into

its Personalized Closed Loop (PCL)

insulin pump system, designed to

automate insulin delivery in realtime, adapting to the user to simplify

diabetes management. Medtronic

also said it will use Klue's technology

to boost analytics and insights for its

continuous glucose monitor (CGM)

technology to help people using

multiple daily injections stay ahead of

high- and low-glucose events.

Klue tracks gestures using activity

trackers to automatically recognize

when, how quickly and how much

a person is eating. Combined with

its fine-motor AI software, the

company's system is designed to

detect meals and provide insights

into user eating behaviors. Because

food consumption affects insulin

requirements, the ability to automate

meal identification along with the

corresponding insulin delivery could

greatly simplify living with diabetes,

according to Medtronic.

At this point, Medtronic had also

recently acquired Nutrino Health; its

expertise in nutrition data science

will also fuel the development of

PCL. Both acquisitions strengthen

the company's capabilities in

automation and in the integration of

artificial intelligence into diabetes

management systems.

At the time, Alejandro Galindo,

president of Medtronic's Advanced

Insulin Management division, said

in a news release, "Bringing Klue

and their unique meal-detection

capabilities into our organization

will accelerate our progress to

help people with diabetes live with

greater freedom and better health.

Based on our learnings from a firstgeneration

hybrid closed loop system

around the importance of simplifying

diabetes management, we believe

the Personalized Closed Loop system

will be transformational for diabetes

management, and the integration of

the Klue technology helps clears the

path to a true hands-free closed loop

system."

It's hoped that the inclusion of

Nutrino could eliminate the need

to carb count while also providing

insights and predictive diagnostics

unique to the individual user.

A mightier pen

In November 2020, Medtronic

announced the launch of a CGMintegrated

smart insulin pen -

called InPen - for multiple daily

injections. This came a few months

after Medtronic acquired the InPen

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