Advocating for talking insulin pumps and CGMs
A group of blind diabetics are embarking on attempts to get insulin infusion pump companies/manufacturers
to seriously consider implementing speech output for their devices. (This also includes
CGM technology, also known as Continuous Glucose Monitoring). In short, we all feel
it is a safety issue when using such devices, if we cannot see exactly what is going
on with the pumps and the CGM units. We have been given 2 websites, one for the Federal
House of Representatives
and the other for the Federal Senate groups that are in charge of ensuring diabetes
care is at it's best for Americans with this illness. If you care about accessability
to medical devices that diabetics use, as blind people, please contact the members
of both the House and the Senate websites and ask that accessability to diabetes
devices be improved in relation to blind Americans.
Congressional Diabetes Caucus (House of Representatives:
Senate Diabetes Caucus:
Even if your Representatives and Senators from your states are not listed, please contact some of these folks to educate and encourage them to request pump and CGM manufacturers to include speech output for these devices. There are no laws forcing them to do so at the present time.
I'd herd that there were issues in accessibility with the pumps, but I'd of figured that at least one CGM device might come with some sort of speech. I'd thought about looking into something like this to help keep track of my levels, but then I was curious how hard it'd be to find one that would either speak the result to me or let me get the result through some other accessible means.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
On 6/5/2018 5:02 AM, Keith S wrote:
some of the CGM units do allow the use of a smart phone to learn your results, but if it does that, it turns off the function to allow the CGM to communicate with the reader that comes with it, so your doctor cannot download the results and assist you in finding trends and changing your medications, if any, you are taking.