Saturday, February 17, 2007

Suggestion for Minimed - my wish list....

I was thinking today - about things I think Minimed should do to improve their insulin pumps....small things, but I have been collecting these ideas in my mind. I hope someone from Minimed reads this!!

My pump wish list:

1. Colored infusion sets. Add a little life to the sites we have to see and use all day, every day! Still keep them transparent to watch for bubbles....but spice them up a bit! Patterns on the adhesive pad, colored tubing....now that there are more options in the marketplace, gotta keep it fresh!

2. Pump summary screen to show Active Insulin on board at any point in time. This will depend on the "Active insulin" time you have set on your pump - but it would be nice on the summary screen to see like it does: the number of units left, the last bolus etc - but a line that shows as well the Active insulin at that time. This would be nice when anticipating for activity, sleeping etc.

3. Rechargable batteries....

4. NEW PUMP CASES!! Again time to spice it up a bit - it seems it is the same cases since the days of the first paradigm pumps! Great $$ potential as most of us PUMPERS are obsessed with organizing supplies that have to go with us all the time! The one standard pump supply case is plain. It works, but there is not user friendly. More selections are needed for day bags, overnight bags, beach bags etc...all designed for diabetes supplies. Minimed give me a call, I have lots of ideas. HA!

5. A tubing length with the minimed in between the 23inch and the 46inch length...

6. I would love to see the carb database that the Cozmore pump has developed - NICE feature!

7. This is #7, but I think most important. BETTER SOFTWARE - carelink is not working for me. I do not like to have to be hooked to the internet to upload and utilize my data. I don't fell secure doing that....I want software that stands alone on my MAC computer (MINIMED.....software has to work with MAC!!!) to upload my meter and pump data. As it stands now, I have to reboot my laptop into Windows and upload. The upload is slow...and I can not easily utilize the data without being connected to the internet....Solutions software was good - improve and work on that software please!!

I am sure there are more things I wish for....but this is what I can pull out of my brain right now!

6 comments:

Allison said...

Re: #2. If you go into Bolus Wizard, choose any random BG value (I do 100 mg/dl) and enter zero carbs, the Bolus Wizard will show you how many Active Insulin units you have.

Drea said...

Oh yes - that does work and I use it often, I just wish it was on the summary screen for ease!!

It is a good trick tho to get that info!!

George said...

Drea, those are great ideas. I would add that they make some stuff for the guys too. Those "skins" all look girlish to me. No offence of course but It is tough enough being forced to carry around a "Man Bag" with all my D-Stuff. :)

Lili said...

Allison, when you do that on the PAradigms, it saves the bg value in memory. :(

Wendy L. Morgan said...

For pump cases, check out flip-cell phone cases. I have bought my daughter all kinds of cute cases that either clip to the belt or the pouches. Fuzzy, sequined, leather and they run about $5-7 at New York Cell Phone dot com. Also this great japanese site has tons of cool pouches and cases: http://www.strapya-world.com/categories/12_34.html

Anonymous said...

I'd just like to echo your call for Mac compatibility. Despite Mini-Med's claims that Mac's don't recognize the USB cable, this is clearly untrue and the only logical conclusion is that their software is flawed.

This is not encouraging given the fact that this software is designed for use with a medical device.... this isn't a printer we're talking about here, it's responsible for maintaining human life. Oh... but then again, printers work just fine.

Personally I think the lack of support is unethical. There is no technical reason why they would be unable to write quality software that is platform independent (it is web base after all.... isn't that the whole point?). They claim it's a marketing decision. Marketing?