I am a former Animas/Dexcom user. When word came down that Animas was getting out of the pump business, my doctor recommended I switch to the Medtronic 670g. I did so.
So far, I haven’t had a single sensor make it more than six days, and most crap out after three or four.
One consequence of Frequent Sensor Death is that I’ve been using the Bayer Contour meter that came with the pump, and one really nice consequence is that with the pump off automatic, I can control the pump (in terms of bolusing) from the meter.
This has led to an interesting situation in which I can essentially ignore the meter. It’s there, but it’s not like I pay it a lot of attention. I handle things through the remote.
Here are the things that could make that situation better:
Build the remote into a watch-type device.
Improve the fscking sensors so they’re reliable and have sensor results sent to the remote (watch or whatever) instead of to the pump. FSD sucks and is costly in terms of time even when Medtronic is ready to replace sensors ad infinitum.
Allow users to calculate and tailor boluses at the remote/watch, rather than be forced to accept what the calculator computers. Likewise, to the extent they are necessary, alerts should go to the remote.
Yeah, I know this is all 3.14 in the sky, and there are probably patent disputes that would make this difficult, but ALL of the technology necessary to allow this including security to prevent abuse already exists. If Medtronic implemented these suggestions, we could wear the pumps hidden away under our clothing. We wouldn’t have to hunt for the pump to read our the sensor data, or when it vibrates in the middle of the night with an alarm.
The pump itself could be smaller and less complex. No need for an interface on the device itself. Batteries would last longer without the display and backlight.
Somebody please tell me what I’m getting wrong here…