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Medtronic’s Remote Diabetes Monitor Approved by FDA

By January 12, 2012

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People with type 1 and especially parents of children with type 1 fear nighttime hypoglycemic episodes. To address this concern, Medtronic has developed a remote glucose sensor called mySentry.

The device allows parents and other caregivers to remotely monitor glucose levels and insulin pump status from another room in the house. If any of the built-in indicators in the device, such as low glucose levels, low insulin in pump or weak battery strength, fall to a cautionary level, an alert will be generated to the remote monitor. The mySentry system consists of a monitor with a color screen, a power supply, and an outpost that transmits information. The outpost enables you to receive the signals from up to 50 feet away.

The bedside monitor isn't cheap though. It currently costs around $3000 and only works with Medtronic's MiniMed Paradigm® REAL-Time RevelTM System, a combined insulin pump/continuous glucose monitor unit. But, for some it may be worth the cost; especially those already using the REAL-Time RevelTM System.

If this device were covered under your insurance plan, would you try to obtain one? Post your comments below.

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January 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm
(1) Linda Siniscalco says:

I would like very much to try this new device, but medicare won”t cover the device or CGM;s of any type.

January 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm
(2) karen says:

I hear the continuous glucose monitor device is now available too, assuming these items are two different things. But, I also hear even with someone who has insurance that they are looking at $700 plus out of pocket or more (I can’t remember, due to diabetic dimentia), but toward their deductable, plus cost of strips, plus the unit has to be replaced yearly because the battery does not perform any longer than that – so as with anything else, you have to be “rich” to live longer, etc. HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA IS A PROFIT INDUSTRY! They have to make “theirs.” off of us….

February 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm
(3) Roy says:

CGM’s should be covered by insurance 80/20 like alot of DME (durible medical equipment) for diabetics that can’t recognize hypoglycemia. Alot of research is being done with CGM’s and one day in the future we will all be able to have CGM’s as part of a normal batery of devices to help us to monitor our blood sugar. At a TCOYD convention this last fall the CGM’s that were demonstrated showed how advanced the CGM system is, in relaying to the individual thier blood sugar level and if it was increasing fast or they were steady unlike just a random finger sitck number can show you. I don’t recognize hypogycemia and it has severely limited what I can and can’t do. ( I no longer can dirve due to multiple episodes.)

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