Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Diabetes Technology History

This is a great picture that has been circulating amongst the diabetes online community:

This is a picture of the very first insulin pump from the 1960s by Dr. Arnold Kadish. It was worn on the back and was roughly the size of a Marine backpack. It was not commercially available due to its size. The diabetes online community has reminded me that sometimes, looking back in history makes it easier to imagine greatness in the future. The realization of how far we've come makes the idea of apps and insulin pumps and CMGS devices and glucose meter interconnectivity seem undeniably plausible despite the challenges. Thanks again to the diabetes online community for all of your great lessons and for teaching me perspective, especially on days like today when I am feeling a little overwhelmed with comprehending and managing all of the regulations for mobile health! :)

PS: For anyone that is interested in the history of insulin pumps, a great summary on medscape is here: http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/460365_2

1 comment:

  1. It is amazing to see that perspective and how far we've come in D-technology and devices!