It's so annoying that you can't use the new medatronic pumps with closed loop projects :(
IKR? I've got an old Animas pump sitting around doing nothing that I'd love to put to work
@c4481080 it is possible to use the 640G/670G as a CGM to upload to Nightscout and power a closed loop, but I agree it's a bummer that those aren't interoperable for insulin dosing.
@Dana Lewis ! Great to join you guys! I saw this cross my email just now. Perfect timing!hi
I've tried using the android app, with the 640G but it did ntot work
Medtronic did announce they'll be making an interoperable ACE (alternate controller enabled) pump for projects like Tidepool Loop once they get FDA approval as an iController, but who knows what the timing will be on that.
@Scott Leibrand Do you have experience with that ? https://github.com/pazaan/600SeriesAndroidUploader/wiki did not work for me, and I couldnt figure out why
No, I know it's possible, and that it requires a Contour NextLink meter connected via USB to an Android phone, but I've never tried it myself.
Yeah, I connected it, but nothing happened (it was OTA)
I'm waiting for approval of the 670G here at the end of the year
There are some good support channels linked in the docs if you want to get assistance to make it work.
^^ that :)
Thanks, I'll take a look into that (altough we are more of an iOS family :) )
us, too - although back in the day :) it was worth it to carry the extra Android phone as the original uploader to get CGM data into the cloud on the go!
Might be nice to publish this chat mabe in those glitter as well
OK, let's get started. I want to welcome Dana Lewis to the Hack Chat today. Dana built her own artificial pancreas, which is about as awesome as it gets. We're going to talk all about that and hacking diabetes in general.
Welcome Dana! Can you start us off with a little about yourself?
@c4481080 it is possible to use the 640G/670G as a CGM to upload to Nightscout and power a closed loop, but I agree it's a bummer that those aren't interoperable for insulin dosing." <-- power a closed loop, so you mean use 640G, and another pump ?BTW "
@c4481080 yes, you can use the 640G/670G as an oversized CGM receiver, and then another pump for actually dosing insulin. It probably makes more sense to instead use a Dexcom CGM if you can get one. AFAIK the only people looping with the 640G/670G as their CGM are doing so because that's all they can get funded by insurance.
Sorry for asking, is this a free-chat or not ? or Q&A later ?
There's a lot of great DIY projects in the diabetes community - everything from remote monitoring, to analytics/reporting, Autotune for adjusting pump setting, to open loop & closed loop software with a variety of hardware & software & phone options. If you have questions about any of those, ask away!
Hello, what CGM did you try and what was your results with them ?
@c4481080 - Fire away! It's pretty much AMA-style
@Jean-Christian de Rivaz I've primarily used Dexcom G4 for the last 6 years. Most of our community has moved on to G5 and/or G6. I use a Libre for scuba diving/water stuff so I can get data underwater :).
@Scott Leibrand yep, insurence it is :)
https://diyps.org/2018/07/30/scuba-diving-with-a-flash-glucose-monitor-libre (and https://diyps.org/2017/03/03/scuba-diving-snorkeling-and-swimming-with-diabetes-and-openaps/ for general scuba diving/snorkeling tips with diabetes devices)Background reading - a little more about scuba diving with a Libre and the receiver in a waterproof bag:
I am currently wearing the Libre 2
Dexcom keeps trying to get us to switch to G6, but we stay with G4 - transmitters last more than a year, and we routinely get two or three weeks out of each sensor. MUCH cheaper this way.
I heard maybe that the G7 will finally talk with apple watch or so ?
@mrb0t: me too; works great for me, but without looping right now ...Hi,
By chance, Is anyone working on an open-source insulin pump with community-driven features? I’m a medical device developer and understand that this is not a trivial undertaking, but I’ve thought for a while it would be an interesting project. Could be FDA cleared, although not if people build it at home!
@Dan Maloney yep. cost is a big issue globally for CGM access
I'm wondering how a jailbreaking scene world would look in the insulin pump world :/
@Alan Cohen there are a lot of really serious concerns with trying to build an open-source insulin pump, and to date no one has presented a credible plan for how it could be done safely.
@Alan Cohen - I'd be highly skeptical that the FDA would ever go near open-source anything.
@Franziska And with the encryption they added between the 10 and 14 day US sensors that will be a bit of a hack to get working again
For those considering looping with a FlashGM instead of a CGM, keep in mind that adds an extra layer of risk for processing that data and converting it into use for looping. Make sure you have extra alarms set, reasonable safety settings, etc. with that and understand what to do if your system is giving bad CGM data.
Open source would be fine with FDA as long as all of its regs are met.
@Dan Maloney given that we have full blown RCTs happening :) using open source software for DIYAPS (using already approved pump and CGM), I don't think that's as far off as you would think.
@Dana Lewis - I know, just sent $700 to Dexcom for a new transmitter and one sensor. Our insurance doesn't cover CGM, so it's all out of pocket.
^ yes. But likely to be open source algorithm/apps, not hardware, getting approved
Insulin pumps have to be built to incredibly tight tolerances, and more importantly, have to be engineered and tested to an extremely high level of safety reliability. If you can't guarantee that the pump won't dose more insulin than instructed, you risk hospitalization or death.
@Dan Maloney ...ouch. I usually have to fight every year and appeal to get CGM covered, but this year (maybe because I broke my ankle?) they didn't deny it this year.
Anyone have any thoughts on making an open source transmitter that connects to G4/G5/G6? Its not the most complicated thing. I always imagined most of the R&D went into making it last X amount of months.
@Dan Maloney there are some efforts to replace batteries in transmitters, and to extend their useful life
@Dana Lewis - Tough way to get coverage. But you took one for the team, I guess ;-)
BTW, is there any way to export the chat transcript to some sane text format ?
@Sean Hodgins I think most people are re-batterying old transmitters rather than DIYing those.
@Dan Maloney haha. no kidding.
@mrb0t. I understand the reasons why (for me it works excellent). But ... let's say I'm interested in the problem they left with this coding stuff :-)
@Dan Maloney I am sticking with the G5 for now. It's easy to extend the life of the transmitters (easier than the G6 from what I've seen) and I've had no issues extending the life of my transmitters using the Spike app.
@Sean Hodgins I haven't heard of any such efforts, outside of rebatterying (even with rechargable LiPos in some cases)
@Jon Cluck - I know, I've had transmitters apart destructively before, looking at ways to gently lap off the plastic to expose the batteries
@Dana Lewis Here, if you are trying to get pregenent, you can get CGM via basic country health insurence
for unlimited time
Happy to say "hello" to Dana, as I contribute in OpenOmni. Just begin to open loop with FreeStyle , not a really good CGM but thanks to all presentation, french doctors are still not familiar with DIY looping.
Yes, of course. Need to be built by an ISO 13485-certified facility. Design needs to demonstrate safety via IEC 60601 etc. (I’ve developed roughly a dozen fda-cleared devices)
@c4481080 that's great. I know several countries are starting more pushes in that direction, but looking forward to the day where anyone who wants CGM can access it. but that's definitely a start.
@F5OEO hello and thanks for your work in the community!
@Alan Cohen so if you meet those requirements, would that allow FDA approval?
BTW everyone, I will be posting a transcript for this chat right afterward. In case you miss any links, etc.
@Scott Leibrand That, plus submit other data and documentation that FDA wants. Performance testing, probably usability testing, requirements-specs-architecture... testing reports etc.
Is there a good site that maps all the loop possbilities ?
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How accurate are CGMs compared to regular test strips? My girlfriend works at a rehab clinic and she has seen them be way off.
I've seen the rebattery, but I think OS trasmitter would open up possibilities for better data accessibility. I'm also out of pocket for my insurance and transmitter just died. I will probably end up just going to the G6.
Anyone have links to efforts to swap out batteries on a g6? I saw one with lots of grinding and not much success as far as i could tell. Or rewiring to interrupt the circuit?
@leb9049 it's a little bit of apple and oranges - test strips are more likely to have issues due to lack of skin cleanliness, etc and are like a polaroid snapshot. CGM is like a moving picture of the BG. They can both be inaccurate, but with CGM the trend provides additional context, too
@leb9049 I think it depends on many factors, We had bad start with the first gen CGM of medtronic, but their new stuff works ok for us
@Dana Lewis, you're such and inspiration for me. I'm currently (trying) developing a non-invasive glucose sensor for my Master disertation.Hi everyone! I just want to thank
@leb9049 some CGM require calibration, and some of the new generations are factory calibrated
@Irene C. S. welcome! and cool!
@Irene C. S. cool in which part of the body ?
@leb9049 this is a piece Chris Hannemann did a few years ago on meter accuracy: https://medium.com/@chrishannemann/a-craftsman-blames-his-tools-blood-glucose-meter-accuracy-long-term-diabetes-control-9caac073dae9
@Jeff Cacossa most of the people who are doing it have a facebook presence, if you do some searching there
Hi all. A little late as I was updating my Loop to dev branch :)
@Andrea Limbourg good reason :)
@Dana Lewis and @Scott Leibrand . Nice to "see you". Thank you for doing this chat and all of your continued work for the community. I realize this is a bit of a broad question how can PWD associations/non-profits and individual patient advocates get more involved? (understanding that many are already).Hi
@Andrea Limbourg I just did the same the other day. It's AWESOME.
I hate using facebook as a research platform :)
It probably depends on their focus. Are you thinking of a PWD / non-profit that's focused on policy advocacy? Tech? General community support?