Digital Health Exhibit Sees 40 Percent Growth at 2014 International CES

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced the 40 percent growth of the digital health footprint at the 2014 International CES®, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Produced in partnership with Living in Digital Times (LIDT), the Digital Health Summit, a market-specific TechZone focused on the intersection of technology, health and wellness, will showcase more than 65 exhibitors with solutions for diagnosing, monitoring and treating a variety of illnesses.The 2014 CES will run January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

ces-logoAccording to CEA’s 2014 5 Technology Trends to Watch, as the aging Baby Boomer population requires more health care and support, devices that can monitor their health and safety are garnering attention and growing capital investment. A 2013 CEA survey found that one-third (33 percent) of mobile device owners have used their devices to track some aspect of their health in the last 12 months. In 2014, the Digital Health Summit will focus heavily on consumers’ growing demand for high-tech health services as they play an increasingly more participatory role in their own health. Notable Digital Health Summit exhibitors include: ANT+InteraXonMasimoOmron Healthcare, Qardio Inc. and UnitedHealthcare. The TechZone will be located in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC).

“With huge improvements in health care technology and the introduction of powerful new sensors, consumers have unprecedented opportunities to monitor their health and engage more deeply in their personal health care,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “The 2014 CES is the natural platform to see the intersection of technology and wellness.  We can’t wait to experience the innovations at the Digital Health Summit that will help reinvent the healthcare industry.”

In addition to the TechZone, a two-day Digital Health Summit conference produced by LIDT will take place during the 2014 CES from Wednesday, January 8 through Thursday, January 9, 2014. It will highlight games that reinforce healthy behaviors, body sensors that let people take more responsibility for their health, revolutionary programs employers are implementing using digital health, real-time medicine monitoring and more. Hot topics of discussion will include: The Bionic ManThe Radical Hospital, How Digital Health Saved My Life and Beyond Wearable—It’s Invisible.

At the close of the conference on Thursday, January 9 at 4:30 p.m. PT a special award ceremony will take place to announce the winners of the inaugural Everyday Health Awards for Innovation, honoring outstanding achievement in health and wellness technology innovation.  For more information about the award program, including details about the award categories, rules, and how to enter, please visit: http://awards.digitalhealthsummit.com/

The 2014 CES will feature 20 market-specific TechZones highlighting innovations across 15 different product categories. Companies interested in participating in the Digital Health Summit TechZone or conference should contact LIDT at summitinfo@digitalhealthsummit.com or 201-564-7900.

About Living in Digital Times:
Living in Digital Times produces conferences and exhibits throughout the year that bring together the most knowledgeable leaders and the latest innovations that intersect technology and lifestyle.  Among their many goals is to help companies understand what it means to be a consumer in today’s digital world and stay a step ahead in identifying key trends in their given marketplace.  Living in Digital Times produces the following summits, exhibitions and events annually at International CES: Digital Health Summit, Silvers Summit, FitnessTech Summit, TransformingEDU, Kids@Play Summit, MommyTech Summit, Mobile Apps Showdown, Last Gadget Standing, FashionWare Show and the KAPi Awards.  For more information, visitwww.LivinginDigitalTimes.com.

About CES:
The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $203 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed. Follow CES online atwww.CESweb.org and through social media: CEA Social Media.

Health Tech Weekly Gets Ready for CES 2014

Hi, it’s week 2 of the TPN.tv crowd funding opportunity. I’m Jamie Davis, the host of the Health Tech Weekly podcast and I wanted to fill you in on the progress as we are ramping up to go cover the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas again this year in January. To run the Tech Podcast Network booth there, it costs about $25,000. This year we thought you might want to help defer some of the costs and become part of the Health Tech Weekly team along the way.

TPNCESAlbumArtShowCoverage-464The funding effort is moving along and we are all excited about the response so far but there’s still a long way to go to reach our goal of $5,000 raised. You can look at the widget in the right column of this site to see the progress and visit the site or go to TPN.tv/crowdfund to get there directly. If you’re following this campaign and are wondering what our videos do, I thought you might want an example of how our programs help people buy gifts, save their money, and even stay healthier.

My show Health Tech Weekly at HTWeekly.com is all about new and upcoming technology that helps people stay and get healthy, either through new, innovative medical devices or fitness tools and apps. CES has a growing digital health pavilion that brings the latest in medical and health technology to the CES attendees. I’m really excited to get there and bring you my reports from the booths in the South Hall at CES 2014.

Health Technology at CES

As a nurse and a journalist, I was encouraged by all of the health tech items at CES 2013. Last year I saw a bunch of wearable fitness products and mobile apps that help remind people to stay fit and healthy as well as track their progress towards fitness goals. There were also several “brain training” programs for the elderly to help improve memory and slow mental decline in progressive dementia patients.

This year I expect the wearable fitness boom to continue with new products coming out from existing platforms like Fitbit as well as new sensor technology to allow these devices to detect even more about our health and well being while we’re on the go. There are also going to be more technology options looking at helping our growing elderly population keep healthy as well as get better after an injury or medical episode. I’ll be bringing that coverage to all of you right from the show floor in special video segments I shoot this coming year at CES.

All of our video interviews and product reviews from the TPN.tv team give folks the chance to see some of the top, most innovative consumer electronics products before they ever hit the store shelves (or the links online). This advance information gives people the chance to make some intelligent choices about the electronic devices they are buying or thinking of buying. Should you buy now or wait for the next, upcoming innovation in a product line? That’s why I do what I do — to inform people about what’s out there, especially in the health care space.

Join the CES Team!

Who else is an important part of that equation? You, yes you!  You and your support, whether you’re a financial backer or have just helped to spread the word about this crowd funding opportunity, help us to get an important job done. I love what I do and I want to thank you for your support of our TPN.tv/crowdfund initiative!

If you’re on the fence and can’t decide whether to support us yet or not, I urge you to keep coming back and checking in with our updates here at this page. And, while you’re at it, share this campaign with folks you know via social media, on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Use the hash tags #crowdfund and #CES when you do and help us out just by spreading the word.

If you’ve made up your mind and already contributed, thanks. I look forward to thanking all of our contributors directly before, during and after CES, so stay tuned!

Here’s another video segment, showing one of my past interviews from CES to give you an example of the work I’ve done in the past, helping folks stay healthier with mobile fitness technology. Enjoy!

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HAPIfork on Pre-order from Kickstarter

HAPILABS, a company whose mission is to help individuals in the 21st century take control of their HAPIness, health and fitness through applications and mobile connected devices, today announced the start of their Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the manufacturing and distribution of HAPIfork – the world’s first connected fork.

Check out the Health Tech Weekly review from CES 2013 of the HAPIfork.

hp-main-devicesHAPIfork transforms people’s relationship with food as it monitors how fast the user is eating and helps them slow down. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, HAPIfork was the recipient of the CES Innovations Award, Health & Wellness category. The word quickly spread in over 50 countries globally culminating in hundreds of articles, blog posts, tweets, television and radio appearances as well as a fun shout out from The Colbert Report and Jay Leno.

“While our product is still a prototype, we’re thrilled by the global response so far,” says Fabrice Boutain, HAPILABS founder. “We believe this is affirmation of the growing consumer health awareness movement to gain better control of issues impacting weight and digestive issues as well as more serious issues such as diabetes and other chronic conditions.”

Pre-Order at KickStarter

Keeping in line with Kickstarter rewards at various funding levels, the HAPIfork will be offered as a perk for up to 2,500 people funding $89, and at the $99 level for anyone else who would like to be in the first commercial batch. In addition, the opportunity to be part of the beta testing program, receiving the HAPIfork at the earliest possible availability date, is offered at the $300 level perk. The campaign which starts today and runs until May 31, 2013, has a fundraising target of $100,000.

HAPIfork was designed by French entrepreneur and inventor Jacques Lépine whose idea was based on research which shows that by eating slower, people can improve the way they feel, improve their digestion and lose weight. HAPIfork aims to modify eating behavior by slowing down how fast people eat and being more present with when and how long it takes to eat, leading to an overall healthier state of being and living.

Bluetooth Enabled Health Tech

Unlike other health related tools, the HAPIfork is inconspicuous and appropriate for out of home use. The Bluetooth enabled smart fork also collects information for future analysis or monitoring in clinical settings. All data is transmitted to a ‘personalized online dashboard’ when the HAPIfork is connected to the users computer or mobile device making it easy to monitor eating habits and health improvement at home or on the road.

HAPIfork will be released in three colors (blue, green and pink) and will ship to Kickstarter funders first before the general public. HAPIfork comes with an color coordinated case making it easy to carry everywhere. The product will initially go on sale in the US and EU in the fourth quarter of this year.

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About—HAPILABS aims to help individuals in the 21st century take control of their HAPIness, health and fitness through applications and mobile connected devices. HAPIfork is part of suite of devices, applications and services from HAPILABS aimed at improving overall health, well-being and happiness. Products in development include the HAPIwatch to help people sleep better and the HAPItrack to help people stay in great shape. Offering elegant and simple solutions, HAPILABS helps people achieve a healthier and happier lifestyle.

HIV Medication Delivery Via Contraceptive Mesh (Video)

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HIV Medications Delivered by Female Condom

fibers-and-spermThis week on Health Tech Weekly, I take a look at new ways medications are being delivered. Medication delivery devices are coming to a bunch of strange places including the bedroom. Researchers at the University of Washington are using electrospun fabrics to embed medicines into female condoms.

According to the press release from U.W., the only way currently to prevent against both HIV and unwanted pregnancy while having sex is by using a condom. However, for many males, condom use is not always a popular option and they put pressure on their partners to have unprotected sex. By using this new technology in creation of a female condom, the team at the University of Washington hopes to include medications that prevent fertilization and help prevent HIV transmission.

Electrospinning Fiber Weaving

Electrospinning uses an electrically charged fluid jet to lay tiny fibers into a mesh so small that medication molecules become trapped in the fabric created there. The process can be tuned to allow for permeability, solubility and geometry. It is believed that due to this process, medication delivery is more reliable than other methods used today like gels, or pills.

fibersThe team created a stream containing HIV combating anti-retroviral agents while weaving a mesh fine enough that sperm cannot pass through it. While this does not provide the only answer to preventing the spread of HIV during sexual contact, it is one of the steps in the right direction. Researchers hope that by providing multiple options to couples having sex, choices will be made easier to engage in safe sexual activity.

Gates Foundation Funding

The group at University of Washington has recently received a Gates Foundation grant to increase their efforts to come up with a final product and will be purchasing a larger electrospinning machine to make larger sheets of the medicated material and continue testing and development. But this technology could be coming to a drugstore shelf near you soon.

That will wrap up this episode of Health Tech Weekly. Make sure you follow up over at out website, HTWeekly.com, for more information on this and all of our episodes. There are additional resource links, links to trusted resources for living a healthier lifestyle and more. If you have a comment on this week’s episode please get back in touch with me either over at HTWeekly.com in comment links for each article or shoot me an email at podmedic@mac.com.

I’m your host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic. I’ll be back soon with more health technology for you. In the meantime, remember that improving health takes small, simple steps that over time all add up to a healthier you. Why don’t you take a healthier step today?

FitBit One Monitors Fitness Around the Clock (Video)

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Monitor Fitness Around the Clock

Fitbit-quarterA few weeks ago I covered the misfit shine fitness monitor. This week, I look at the Fitbit One wireless fitness and sleep monitor. Yep, I said sleep monitor. The Fitbit One purports to not only monitor you daily activity but it also will monitor you sleep quality, provided you clip it onto your PJs when you hop in to bed at night.

The device will monitor steps taken, distance traveled, stairs climbed, calories burned and for your sleep schedule, hours and quality of sleep. Now it doesn’t measure water based activity like the misfit shine monitor covered previously but the Shine doesn’t measure sleep quality so if you’re not a big swimmer, you’re ahead of the game.

When you’re sleeping, the fitbit one measures your activity at night including the number of times you stir in your sleep and hours of sleep to give a sleep quality score. According to their website, the fitbit one’s data can be used over time to improve your sleep score by applying what is learned to improve your sleep habits. It’s kind of vague on this but any information on sleep habits is probably helpful for the average person.

Wakes You Up Before You Go-Go

The FitBit One will even wake you in the morning at a prearranged time with a gentle vibration that will not wake any bed partners. Handy for those seeking a silent escape or dealing with a cranky spouse. It syncs with either your computer or a host of mobile devices like the iPhone or iPad via a FitBit app and your free account on the FitBit.com website. The Fitbit One is available for $99 from most online and big box retailers. Visit the Health Tech website and the show notes for this episode for a link directly to Amazon for their best prices right now.

That will wrap up this episode of Health Tech Weekly. Make sure you follow up over at out website, HTWeekly.com, for more information on this and all of our episodes. There are additional resource links, links to trusted resources for living a healthier lifestyle and more. If you have a comment on this week’s episode please get back in touch with me either over at HTWeekly.com in comment links for each article or shoot me an email at podmedic@mac.com.

I’m your host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic. I’ll be back soon with more health technology for you. In the meantime, remember that improving health takes small, simple steps that over time all add up to a healthier you. Why don’t you take a healthier step today?

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Saliva Monitor for Diabetes Blood Glucose (Video)

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New Diabetes Monitor Technology

glucose saliva monitorOn the show his week in Health Tech I look at what many consider the holy grail for diabetes glucose monitoring, a non-invasive way to check blood sugar. By non-invasive, I mean a way to check blood sugar without pricking their finger or otherwise drawing blood.

Many options have been proposed and are under testing or research at this time including monitoring sweat, tears, and saliva. Having to draw blood 3 or 4 times a day just to manage your diabetes is a big reason many health professionals have seen that people are not good at managing their disease. Scientists at the Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Institute of Tehran University have released version 3 of their saliva testing device that seems to have overcome many of the primary problems with using saliva as a blood sugar monitoring medium, among them is the sensitivity needed to read and measure the minuscule amounts of glucose or sugar in saliva when compared to blood.

The latest version of the saliva testing device is dubbed as the final version and is in final stages of testing. This could be released to the world marketplace for testing very soon. This is hugely important in the health tech arena as 25.8 million americans are affected by diabetes a number that equals over 8.3% of the population. Seven million of them are considered undiagnosed or untreated diabetics.

Diabetes Epidemic Major Cause of Disease

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and a major cause of heart disease and stroke in the U.S. according to the CDC fact sheet on Diabetes. Anything that will improve testing of individuals for blood sugar levels and helps people manage their disease more effectively is a big deal indeed! The marketplace for new technology for managing diabetes is large and with direct medical costs for diabetes in the U.S. nearing $120 billion dollars a year a new management tool like this will be a big deal. Look for more segments on the technology and gadgets surround diabetes management in the future here on Health Tech Weekly as I continue to monitor this nationwide issue and the gadgets and apps that help to manage it.

That will wrap up this episode of Health Tech Weekly. Make sure you follow up over at out website, HTWeekly.com, for more information on this and all of our episodes. There are additional resource links, links to trusted resources for living a healthier lifestyle and more. If you have a comment on this week’s episode please get back in touch with me either over at HTWeekly.com in comment links for each article or shoot me an email at podmedic@mac.com.

I’m your host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic. I’ll be back soon with more health technology for you. In the meantime, remember that improving health takes small, simple steps that over time all add up to a healthier you. Why don’t you take a healthier step today?

Printing Organs On 3-D Printer

We might soon have new organs printed for us on demand. Yes, Printed. You may have heard about 3-printers that create 3-D models from a computer aided design model (CAD). A new partnership is bringing together a leading bio-engineering firm and a 3-D design and software company. Check the press release below and tell me what you think.

Organovo Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: ONVO) (“Organovo”), a creator and manufacturer of functional, three-dimensional human tissues for medical research and therapeutic applications, is working together with researchers at Autodesk, Inc., the leader in cloud-based design and engineering software, to create the first 3D design software for bioprinting.

Printing Organs and Tissues On Demand

Organovo-AutodeskThe software, which will be used to control Organovo’s NovoGen MMX bioprinter, will represent a major step forward in usability and functionality for designing three-dimensional human tissues, and has the potential to open up bioprinting to a broader group of users.

“Autodesk is an excellent partner for Organovo in developing new software for 3D bioprinters,” said Keith Murphy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Organovo. “This relationship will lead to advances in bioprinting, including both greater flexibility and throughput internally, and the potential long-term ability for customers to design their own 3D tissues for production by Organovo.”

“Bioprinting has the potential to change the world,” said Jeff Kowalski, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Autodesk. “It’s a blend of engineering, biology and 3D printing, which makes it a natural for Autodesk. I think working with Organovo to explore and evolve this emerging field will yield some fascinating and radical advances in medical research.”

Organ Transplants To Order Soon?

Nurse_Epidural_surgery_smOrganovo’s 3D bioprinting technology is used to create living human tissues that are three-dimensional, architecturally correct, and made entirely of living human cells. The resulting structures can function like native human tissues, and represent an opportunity for advancement in medical research, drug discovery and development, and in the future, surgical therapies and transplantation.

The Autodesk Research group is dedicated to innovation and discovery ranging from methods to help users learn powerful digital prototyping tools to visualization and simulation techniques that enable designers to achieve new levels of performance. Advancing the state of the art in human-computer interaction, computer graphics and digital design technology, Autodesk Research collaborates openly with researchers at leading universities around the world. The bio/nano/programmable matter group within Autodesk Research is extending this expertise by developing software for the design and simulation of molecular systems and living systems.

About Organovo Holdings, Inc.

Organovo designs and creates functional, three-dimensional human tissues for medical research and therapeutic applications. The company is working in collaboration with pharmaceutical and academic partners to develop human biological disease models in three dimensions that enable therapeutic drug discovery and development. Organovo’s technology can also be applied to create surgical tissues for direct therapy. Their three-dimensional bioprinting technology was selected as one of the “Best Inventions of 2010″ by TIME Magazine. Organovo leads the way in solving complex medical research problems and building the future of medicine. Visit www.organovo.com.

iPhone & iPad Pulse Oximeter

heroIrvine, California – December 13, 2012 – In keeping with its commitment to excellence and innovation, Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) today announced the debut of the iSpO2™ pulse oximeter cable and sensor with Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion Masimo SET® technology for use with iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with 30-pin connector.

iSpO2™ uses the same technology found in Masimo’s breakthrough line of pulse oximeters and Pulse CO-Oximeters™ – the standard-of-care pulse oximetry technology at work in leading hospitals around the world – providing accurate measurements, even during the challenging conditions of motion and low perfusion.

Customers can purchase the iSpO2™ Signal Extraction Pulse Oximeter and use their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to check their own blood oxygenation (SpO2), pulse rate, and perfusion index measurements for sports and aviation use and is not intended for medical use.

After purchasing the iSpO2™ (available at iSpO2.com and Amazon) and connecting it to an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, the iSpO2™ application will automatically download. Thereafter, using the iSpO2™ is easy as 1-2-3:ispo2-1

  • Connect the iSpO2™ cable to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
  • Slip the iSpO2™ sensor on your ring finger
  • Your results appear on screen

The iSpO2™ Medical, the professional version for medical use, is pending CE Mark and U.S. FDA 510(k) clearance. This product will be made available through Masimo’s existing distribution channels.

“Masimo was founded on a mission to take noninvasive monitoring to new sites and applications,” said Masimo founder and CEO Joe Kiani. “The iSpO2™ for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with 30-pin connector represents our first consumer product and should create myriad new possibilities with the goal of further empowering people.”

Please visit iSpO2.com for purchasing information.

 

Third World Wheel Chair Innovation (Video)

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This week in Health Tech I wanted to feature a story that underlines the purpose of this program as well as what is, I believe, the underlying purpose of the health technology industry: To improve the health and lives of individuals in fundamental ways.

Leveraged Freedom Chair Changes Third World

Leveraged-wheelchairThis week we feature the Leveraged Freedom Chair, a project from a member of MIT’s health engineering team to bring a cost-effective solution to a need for multi-terrain wheelchair design. In many parts of the world, individuals who need wheelchairs are unable to use the standard designs to navigate the terrain encountered in their daily lives.  Amos Winter from MIT sought to solve this problem through simple technology and engineering design. The design uses a variable length lever design to vary torque and range of movement based on the amount of work needed to traverse various types of terrain.

What he developed was an all-terrain wheelchair that is powered by levers mounted on a bicycle style assembly that allows easier and faster transport over all types of terrain commonly encountered in the third world. The cost was kept under $200 although there is a high end prototype being developed here in the U.S. for the developed world health marketplace. The design went through several iterations as it was tested with end users in Africa, India and Central America. The wheelchair is lightweight, sized to fit indoors or out, and is repairable using local resources and technologies. Everywhere has a bike repair shop and the materials, sprockets and chains are produced everywhere in the world.

Low Tech Design Makes Big Improvement

While you might think of this as a low tech device to be featured on a health technology program like this, it exemplifies what health technology should do. Whether low tech or high tech, a device must meet a fundamental need and improve health care in ways that can be easily used by the average patient.  I won’t always be focusing on third world solutions like the Leveraged Freedom Chair but I think it’s a great example of how fundamentally simple health improving technology can be. That is what Health Tech Weekly will be all about.

That will wrap up this episode of Health Tech Weekly. Make sure you follow up over at out website, HTWeekly.com, for more information on this and all of our episodes. There are additional resource links, links to trusted resources for living a healthier lifestyle and more. If you have a comment on this week’s episode please get back in touch with me either over at HTWeekly.com in comment links for each article or shoot me an email at podmedic@mac.com.

I’m your host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic. I’ll be back soon with more health technology for you. In the meantime, remember that improving health takes small, simple steps that over time all add up to a healthier you. Why don’t you take a healthier step today?

OmniPod New Smaller Insulin Pump Approved

BEDFORD, MA–(Marketwire – Dec 14, 2012) –  Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ: PODD), the leader in tubeless insulin pump technology, today announced that the Company has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the next-generation OmniPod® Insulin Management System. The new OmniPod insulin pump is more than one-third smaller and one-quarter lighter than the original model, while maintaining the same 200-unit insulin reservoir capacity and easy-to-use features. In addition to the smaller, lighter Pod, the new OmniPod System includes an updated Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM) that also features a series of enhancements.

Pump Smaller Than Ever

OmniPod-with-raspberry-290x290“The OmniPod revolutionized insulin delivery with its tubeless and wireless design when it was introduced in 2005 and today, the next-generation OmniPod raises the bar for insulin pump therapy again,” said Duane DeSisto, President and Chief Executive Officer of Insulet. “We are thrilled to have received FDA approval and it is my hope that our new Omnipod insulin pump will continue to make living with diabetes easier for our customers across the United States.”

“When technology can make diabetes management easier for my patients, they have better clinical outcomes,” said Steve Edelman, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California at San Diego and founder of Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), a not-for-profit organization with the goal of teaching and motivating patients in diabetes self-care. “As an OmniPod wearer myself, I love its ease of use and no tubing! Now with its smaller and sleeker design, it will make it even easier for more people to take control of their diabetes.”

“Preparations are underway to launch the new OmniPod, including training of healthcare professionals and transitioning the rest of our manufacturing production,” said Mr. DeSisto. “We expect that these initiatives will take approximately two to three months to complete and anticipate our first shipments in the U.S. to occur in late Q1 2013. Like the System itself, converting our current OmniPod users to the new system has been designed to be extremely easy as to ensure a seamless transition.”

Customers are encouraged to keep informed via http://www.MyOmniPod.com/NewOmniPod where the Company will publish its latest information about the exact timing and availability of the new OmniPod System, including details on how current users will be converted. Additionally, current users will receive direct notification from the Company when the conversion process is commencing.

While performing its launch preparation initiatives, Insulet continues to collaborate closely with healthcare providers and patients so they can enjoy the many benefits of the current OmniPod today.

About the OmniPod Insulin Management System
The OmniPod® Insulin Management System is the world’s first tubeless insulin pump. The OmniPod offers people living with insulin-requiring diabetes all the benefits of insulin pump therapy, with freedom and ease. The tubing-free OmniPod insulin pump has just two easy-to-use parts: the discreet, waterproof Pod, which automatically inserts and can be worn on many parts of the body to hold and deliver insulin; and the Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM), a hand-held device that wirelessly programs the Pod, calculates suggested doses and has a built-in blood glucose meter. For more information on the OmniPod insulin pump, please visit: http://www.myomnipod.com.