Did you hear the good news?! The FDA has just approved the Omnipod DASH! While this isn’t a closed loop system (that’s their Omnipod Horizon, which is slated to launch in late 2019/2020), it is a HUGE update to their current system.
What is the Omnipod DASH?
The DASH’s most noticeable update is in their PDM (personal diabetes manager). What was once a clunky pager looking device now resembles a sleek smartphone.
The PDM is now touch screen and the technology is bluetooth enabled which allows it to get BG readings straight from the CONTOUR® NEXT ONE meter; since the PDM no longer has a built-in BG meter.
What’s the big whoop with bluetooth technology?
Since the PDM previously used radio frequency as its communication source it was unable to connect to close loop system technologies. Now that both the DASH PDM and Pods are using bluetooth it will allow for the next step, which is Omnipod Horizon (Omnipods Closed Loop system).
Bonus points of Bluetooth technology
In addition to linking to the CONTOUR® NEXT ONE meter, the Omnipod DASH will also have direct connectivity between two new apps: Omnipod DISPLAY™ and Omnipod VIEW™.
Omnipod DISPLAY™ is a mobile app YOU would use to monitor your PDM data if you didn’t want to view it on your PDM. Currently only available for iPhone users.
Omnipod VIEW™ is a mobile app that parents, spouses, and caregivers would log into to monitor your data (if you choose to share it with them). Currently only available for iPhone users.
Some Other Cool New Features
- “Find my PDM” (available via Omnipod DISPLAY™)
- “Today View” A widget that will display BOTH your CGM and insulin delivery info together on a single screen. Currently only available for iPhone users.
What else should I know?
- The current pods will not work with the NEW Omnipod DASH system.
- The pod size has not changed, however they are now equipt with Bluetooth technology.
- The DASH PDM will be offered at no cost with the purchase of Pods. Boo-ya!!
- Check out the Omnipod Website for more FAQ’s on the Omnipod DASH: myomnipod.com/DASH_FAQs
- If you are not on an Omnipod you can try a free, no obligation demo pod.
Getting Your Hands on the DASH
Now that Omnipod DASH has FDA approval they are doing a soft launch with a select group of podders for the next six months or so. Then around January/February of 2019 they are opening it up to everyone!
Check out my other Omnipod posts on the blog:
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