Smartphone-based System Does Job of Pancreas, Treats Type 1 Diabetes

Please sir/madam, you’ll have to disable your pancreas during take off and landing.  FAA regulations… 😉

People suffering from type 1 diabetes may soon be able to ditch constant finger pricks and manual insulin injections—if they have a smartphone on hand, that is.

Combined with a tiny sensor and wearable insulin pump, a smartphone can stand in for a pancreas, automatically monitoring blood-sugar levels and delivering insulin as needed, researchers report. The system, backed by a $12.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, will enter two final phases of international trials this year.

Source: Smartphone-based system does job of pancreas, treats type 1 diabetes

FAA guidelines already have exemptions for medical devices.

The “wireless sensor which reports every 5 minutes” is the part that most concerns me.  I know some who love their CGM, and they’re reasonably accurate.   But not accurate enough to trust for actual dosing decisions — before making any adjustments on an insulin pump, verify with a fingerstick.

Unless they’re using some new not-yet-released sensor, I wouldn’t want any automated algorithm making decisions based on the current CGM. Garbage in, garbage out… Except now, “garbage out” could kill you.  And that’s not even addressing security/safety concerns in the communication protocols, which others have pointed out. I’m glad to see innovation in this area and hope it develops, but there’s a long way to go here.