As usual, the annual ADA Scientific Sessions Conference was exhilarating and exhausting. You have to be in awe of such a confluence of the pharmaceutical and technological advancements that enable us PWDs to live happy and productive lives.

But outside of the science and medicine, there's something else big going on. We stand at the dawn of a new era of patient empowerment that applies "consumerism" to health and medical care in ways never seen before.

Last night, DiabetesMine was proud to host a special "thought leadership" dinner at a fine restaurant here in San Francisco bringing together diabetes industry leaders, Health 2.0 innovators, patient advocates, investors and members of the media.

Our theme was Diabetes Reloaded, which stands for redefining not only the role of technology in managing chronic diseases, but also for the newfound self-confidence and ambitions of 21st century people living with health conditions. What's special about this new web-enabled world of healthcare? It's proactive, technology-based, empowered, revolutionary, against all odds, and — if needed — outside the establishment.

Have a look at the video we created for this event and take a moment to reflect on how far we've come. I'd love to hear what you all think.

diabetes reloaded on Vimeo.

I'd like to encourage you all to capture and embed this video on your own sites or interested communities. You can do this using Vimeo, at the link above.

Or of course you can grab it off YouTube:

Now I'm off to catch some much-needed rest this morning. Getting Reloaded myself.

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