Hello Dear Readers and Empowered Patients Everywhere,

Today we are pleased to announce the WINNERS of our 2012 DiabetesMine Patient Voices Contest, a campaign to identify 10 articulate patients who can represent the Diabetes Community in our ongoing push for innovation to improve the lives of people with diabetes (PWDs) everywhere.

We asked folks to submit brief videos talking about their lives with diabetes and what they feel are the biggest unmet needs. We were delighted with the quality of responses.

Each of our winners will receive a scholarship to attend and participate in our newest DiabetesMine Innovation Summit event taking place at Stanford University on Nov. 16, 2012! They will also each receive a complimentary iBGStar Blood Glucose Monitoring System, the first meter to directly connect to an iPhone or iPod touch! This exciting new product was just introduced to market on May 1, 2012.

We plan to feature each of our winners here at the 'Mine over the next few months...


Without further ado, our "Power 10" Diabetes ePatient Winners are (in alphabetical order - click on each name to view their winning video):

  •  Jana Beck, who created a visually interesting video that calls for better integration and feedback from our existing D-tools.
  • Shara Bialo, who's completing her medical residency in pediatrics, and talks about retractable pump tubing (also an idea from a past Design Challenge), and waxes wise on making products "as flexible and modifiable as possible" (!)
  • Julie Cabinaw, who is a user experience director as well as a PWD, and talks about device standardization, integration, and creating a "personal health cloud."
  • Sara "Knicks", a beloved fellow D-blogger who makes the point that "diabetes is personal"!
  • Sara Krugman, whose animated video calls for improved connection between the technologies, and between services, doctors, products and institutions.
  • Tom Ley, a blind gentleman who presents the pressing issue of "Access Denied" for PWDs who have lost their sight.
  • Ivoni Nash, a type 2 diabetes educator in Utah concentrating on the needs of the Pacific Islander community.
  • Kathleen Peterson, who was part of the Artificial Pancreas clinical trial (!) and is working toward her PhD. She too highlights device integration, durability, and flexible tubing and form factors for pumps.
  • Sara Vazquez, a college student and research assistant at Joslin Diabetes Center who encourages vendors to "think small" in diabetes care.
  • Dave Weingard, who many of us know and love as founder of the Fit4D diabetes coaching program; he makes the indispensable comparison to the Information Technology industry, and also talks about the need for "scalable patient programs."

Give them all a view -- and then a hand, please!

* Winners -- you'll be hearing from us shortly.  CONGRATULATIONS!!

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