Throughout just about every industry, the key to success is innovation.
Industries or companies that don’t innovate or usher in new technologies are ultimately left in the dust. For example, Blockbuster failed to see Netflix and other streaming services as a serious threat, which would ultimately cost them.
While Blockbuster’s unfortunate demise only affected the company and its employees, there are some industries where failure to innovate can have an even larger impact.
The healthcare industry is one such area in which innovation is key—not only for the companies that operate in this sphere but for the patients and customers they serve.
Today, we’re specifically focusing on innovations and technologies to look for within the diabetes care industry. Innovation within this area of the healthcare industry is important for two reasons.
First, diabetes care technology needs to continue to progress to keep the diabetes community safe. Second, this technology should always be improving in ways that make the lives of people with diabetes easier and less stressful.
Here are 4 diabetes technology solutions in 2021 that do just that.
Insulet’s Omnipod Horizon
2021 is looking to be the year for a commercial version of a closed-loop system with a patch pump. Insulet’s Omnipod Horizon is looking to be launched before the end of 2021, albeit a limited one. However, the trial run will be an important factor in getting this groundbreaking technology on track for a full commercial launch in 2021.
After a couple of years of various versions of the Omnipod being seen from Insulet (an insulin patch company), it looks like we’ll see their full-scale version in the not-so-distant future. The company has also hinted at the potential for a smartphone mobile app to accompany the new product.
Xeris Glucagon Pen (Gvoke HypoPen)
Talk about groundbreaking technology. In 2019, Xeris, a Chicago-based company, got FDA approval for what will be the world’s first ready-to-use stable liquid glucagon emergency pen. Essentially, it’s like an EpiPen, but instead of being used for allergic reactions, it will be used for diabetes emergencies.
The Gvoke HypoPen will consist of an easy to use, two-step process that simply involves taking the cap off and pushing down on the skin for about 5 seconds (the window on the device will turn red to alert the user when the glucagon pen has been used successfully). This is truly one of the most-anticipated technologies to come out in 2021 throughout the healthcare industry.
Pops Diabetes Care’s Rebel + Mina
Spotting a need for a digital care solution for people with diabetes that is both easy to use and easy to carry, Pops Diabetes Care created Rebel. This integrated virtual care system helps people with diabetes own their lives.
To create Rebel, Pops seamlessly combines the traditional test kit into a single meter that connects to the phone of the user. This not only makes Rebel a cinch to use but carrying around a glucose meter has never been easier. Pops has taken the work out of testing, making it much easier to test on the go.
But, Rebel doesn’t work alone. Mina—the virtual coach that comes with the meter—will help the user stay on top of their blood sugar testing. Also, Mina will encourage users to be more active and even ask questions to get to know them better.
Rebel + Mina is truly a groundbreaking innovation within the diabetes sphere.
Bluetooth Connectivity for Afrezza
Mannkind Corp., the company that is behind the Afrezza inhalation insulin solution, is well on its way to launching an add-on, Bluetooth connectivity adapter for this product.
BlueHale Pro will be able to monitor the inhalation technique for those who are using the device. Then, doctors will be able to see how effective the patients are using Bluehale Pro, enabling them to offer solutions on how to improve their use of Afrezza.
The add-on device will also tell the user if they are using it correctly, flashing a green light when the insulin has been inhaled properly and a red light if it has not.
Let us know if we missed any diabetes technology innovations to look for this year in the comments!