Type 1 Technology & Resources

We're living in a time where technology is developing at a significant rate and there are huge advances being made in tech to help type 1 diabetes management.  This page is dedicated to bringing you information on Type 1 Technology and we'll be adding more resources soon for you to use, share and signpost and we'll let you know when they're available.

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Insulin Delivery Systems

Traditional Method -Pen injections
Tethered Pumps
Patch Pumps
Connected Pens

Tethered Pumps

Insulin is delivered from a small pump device through a tube into a cannula, which sits just under the skin and has to be replaced every 2-3 days. Controlled using the handheld pump device.

Patch pumps

Insulin held in a small pod/patch connected to a cannula and attached to the skin, which needs to be changed every 2-3 days. Controlled via handheld device connected by Bluetooth.

Connected Pens

Insulin is injected into the skin through a needle. Data is held in the pen and is downloadable.

Roche, Insulet Omnipod, Medtronic, Medtrum, T: Slim, Novo Nordisk

Glucose Monitoring Systems

Traditional Method -Finger Prick
Flash
Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Flash (Available via prescription)

Also known as intermittent CGM (ICGM). A small sensor reads glucose level in interstitial fluid and when scanned with reader or phone gives glucose reading and pattern of previous 8 hours. Alarms can be set for high and/or low readings.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring

A small sensor reads glucose level in interstitial fluid and automatically sends realtime data to reader or phone to be viewed at any time. Options to set alarms for high and/or low readings. Can be used as a closed-loop system.

 

Abbott (Libre 1 and 2), Dexcom, Abbott (Libre 3), Medtronic, Medtrum – CGM

Closed Loop Systems

Traditional Method - None
Hybrid Closed Loops

A pump working together with a CGM.

Not all combinations of pump/CGM available.

 

Insulin is delivered via a pump under the control of data coming from the CGM via an algorithm which is either held within the pump or on a phone app.

Insulin is automatically adjusted with limited intervention from patient, however, carbohydrate calculations for food need to be entered.

 

Medtronic 780G, CamAPS|FX, t:slim with control-IQ technology

Data Uploading

Traditional Method- Hand Written Diary
Generic
Industry Generated

Generic

Generic systems speed up the efficiency of teams by reducing the number of software packages needed to view data in clinics, however, not all devices currently allow uploading to generic systems.

Industry Generated

Industry developed systems allow upload of individual company devices only to share data with medical teams and support self-management.

All offer extensive and similar reporting options

Tidepool, Glooko, Diasend, Dexcom Clarity, LibreView, Carelink.

If you are wanting to know how to access technology or what technology is available to you then the following guides may help you start the conversation with your diabetes team:

Type 1 Diabetes : A Consensus Guideline

NICE NG18 (in particular sections 1.2.62-64)

*NEW* First Line of Treatment

In this video, kids and parents who took part in the KidsAP02 study, talk about their experiences.

*NEW* Quality of Life

In this video, kids and parents who took part in the KidsAP02 study, talk about their experiences.

*NEW* Time in Range

In this video, kids and parents who took part in the KidsAP02 study, talk about their experiences.

What People Say About Pumps & Closed Loop Systems

In this film, young people discuss the pros and cons of pumps and closed loop systems

What People Say About CGM & Flash

In this film, young people discuss the pros and cons of CGM and Flash Glucose Monitors

The Artificial Pancreas - A Conversation with Roman Hovorka

Roman Hovorka discusses the Artifical Pancreas, what it is, how it works, the past and the future for his team's research.

What Parents Say About Technology

In this film, parents talk about the pros and cons of diabetes technology.

T1D Is a Part of Me - My Life Enabled By Technology

In this film, a group of young people share how technology helps them manage their type 1 diabetes

The DigiBete Platform and App

This films explains what the DigiBete platform and app has to offer.