That new software I previewed a while back for the OmniPod wireless insulin pump system is finally here! For physicians, anyway. But it's all good. Hear me out:
This week, without a lot of hoopla, Insulet Corp. is rolling out a new software package for use in clinical settings by HCPs (Health Care Providers), called OmniPod Partner. Any patient using the OmniPod can now request that their doctor get hold of this beta program and start printing out blood sugar and dosing records for review by both. The super-fast software allows almost instantaneous downloading of results that can be viewed in up to nine different graphs. It's a pretty scary amount of information — as much as you could ever hope to record or make sense of, I believe. Check out the sample screen shot published below, plus four more that I have published HERE.
A home version for patients (aka consumers) should be ready for distribution in the next few months, says Tim Brown, Insulet's Director of Sales Training and Development. Tim, btw, is Type 1 himself for 24 years, and an OmniPod user who was gushing that he recently downloaded 3,100 results in eight seconds with the new software.
"This is guaranteed to be the fastest pump software out there," he tells me, "and that is big because the biggest complaint with doctors is that some of the pump programs take 10-15 minutes or more to download. They don't even want to have mess with it in their office, because it takes too much time per patient."
The new OmniPod Partner program creates a HIPAA-secure file in a database run by Insulet's technology partner NuMedics. It creates an ongoing record that can be added to at any time.
Meanwhile, the integration with the CoPilot program remains the development path for the consumer version, Brown tells me. "We're trying to work towards an open platform, one that developers can use to build new functions on if they want to... We don't want to lock patients into a proprietary system."
Sounds good, but I'm having a hard time envisioning cross-vendor pump and meter programs, unless they are co-developed and co-marketed. We shall see. In the meantime, I'm calling my endo to get the OP Partner program going at her office asap.