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Tidepool Receives Platform Expansion and Matching Grant from Helmsley Charitable Trust

April 27th, 2015 | Howard Look
(Official press release.) We’re thrilled to announce that The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded a $900,000 grant to Tidepool to support continued development of the Tidepool Platform and Tidepool Uploader. All by itself, this is an incredibly generous and wonderful statement of support of Tidepool’s efforts to make diabetes data […]
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Tandem + Tidepool: Lighting the Way

November 25th, 2014 | Howard Look
We’re thrilled that Tandem has joined Asante, Dexcom, Insulet/OmniPod and Abbott in making data from their devices available through the Tidepool Platform. In this guest blog post, Tandem’s Director of Marketing, Jim Berkebile, sheds some light on the importance of this partnership with a very personal note. Thanks Jim and Tandem! — Howard Tandem + […]
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Creating the Uploader

October 2nd, 2014 | Kent Quirk
This is a joint blog post by our design lead, Sara Krugman, and our engineering lead, Kent Quirk. We recently announced that Tidepool is in a partnership with JDRF to produce a “Tidepool Uploader” for diabetes devices. What is that? Why should you care? We need easier access and tools to learn from our diabetes […]
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Insulet and Tidepool

September 16th, 2014 | Howard Look
This is a big day for Tidepool and for the diabetes community. In addition to partnering with JDRF, we are thrilled to announce that Insulet has given us their data protocol specification, and that we are actively incorporating OmniPod support into the Tidepool Platform. The question is no longer “Which device maker will be next?” […]
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Liberate the Data! Tidepool’s docket comments on FDA MDDS Draft Guidance

August 22nd, 2014 | Howard Look
On June 20, 2014, the FDA released Draft Guidance that would update the way they enforce Medical Data Display Systems, or MDDS. The guidance also proposes changes to the already-adopted Mobile Medical Applications (MMA) guidance. Overall, this new guidance is a great step forward and we applaud the FDA for moving in this direction. Here’s the […]
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It’s Official: Dexcom + Tidepool!

August 6th, 2014 | Howard Look
We’re so excited about this guest post from Dexcom CTO Jorge Valdes. By joining the Tidepool platform, Dexcom is now the second device maker (Asante was the first) to say loud and clear: You own your data, and you should be able to use the app that’s right for you to help you manage your […]
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“How can I help?”

July 11th, 2014 | Kent Quirk
We get asked this question a lot. It’s often asked by engineers who have a vested interest in solving these problems, usually because they or a family member have Type 1 Diabetes. And we definitely can use some help. But what kinds of help? Tidepool’s goal as an organization is to help as many people […]
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Proudly Non-Profit: Tidepool is now an official 501c3 Charity!

July 1st, 2014 | Howard Look
Greetings! We are happy to report that Tidepool is now a completely official, government-certified 501c3 Non-Profit. Last week we received our IRS 501c3 determination letter. (Pause for dramatic effect.) This alone is a very big deal. But wait, there’s more: We also received a $300,000 matching pledge from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. Which means […]
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For the love of Joe Garmon

June 24th, 2014 | Howard Look
This is Joe Garmon (on the left). We love Joe. Joe is working on his PhD research at the University of Central Florida. His thesis will be “An Algorithmic Model for Tuning of Insulin Pump Control Parameters.” Joe is using big data mining and multidimensional statistical analysis techniques to come up with better pump settings […]
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A doctor’s perspective on Blip

June 20th, 2014 | Saleh Adi
As a Pediatric Endocrinologist who loves numbers and fine-tuning insulin pump settings for young children, I could not be more excited to see Blip become a reality.  I spend most of my time in clinic (The Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes at UCSF) seeing children of all ages who have type 1 diabetes.  Most of […]
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Blip Pilot Study at UCSF Has Begun!

June 6th, 2014 | Howard Look
Wow! The Blip Pilot Study has officially begun! Before you read any further, please watch this video. That’s Blip. It’s our first app, and UCSF is now recruiting 32 pediatric and 16 adult patients that will put it through its paces in a real life clinical and home settings. So you’ll have to excuse us… […]
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Our first outside contribution!

February 18th, 2014 | Kent Quirk
One of the milestones in any open source project is when someone from outside the project makes a contribution. Today that happened for us. An open source developer made a small but useful change to one of our projects, submitted it as a pull request, and it was accepted and merged into our master branch. […]
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The Data is Yours

January 27th, 2014 | Howard Look
We’re really excited about this guest post from Asante’s CEO, David Thrower. Kudos to Asante for their support of patient access to data and setting a great example for other diabetes device makers. Cheers, Howard The Data is Yours David Thrower, CEO, Asante Solutions When we founded Asante Solutions, we wanted to base it on […]
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Why Tidepool is Open and Non-profit

January 7th, 2014 | Howard Look
Happy New Year! Back when we founded Tidepool (originally named “GreenDot Diabetes”), we made two important decisions: 1) We would be an open source effort, and 2) We would be non-profit. These were not decisions we took lightly. Most of us live in the SF Bay Area, in the heart of the very much for-profit […]
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We Are Not Waiting

December 23rd, 2013 | Lane Desborough
Here’s our first guest-post, from D-dad Lane Desborough. When Lane’s son Hayden was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes four years ago, Lane decided to devote his life to reducing the burden of diabetes. Leveraging his engineering experience in industrial automation, he’s spent the past four years on closed loop insulin delivery, remote monitoring, and tools to support […]
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Tidepool License Update

December 19th, 2013 | Howard Look
Greetings! We got great feedback to our proposed Tidepool License (see the blog post). Most of the commentary came from the constructive and helpful folks on the Open Source Initiative list. We had an exciting and productive discussion, but came away with the feeling that we have a lot more work still to do on […]
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Colors, shapes and blood sugars. A look into our process.

November 5th, 2013 | Sara Krugman
I'm an interaction designer, artist, maker, mover, and shaker. I’m living in Copenhagen running a health care design studio that has dedicated all efforts to making Tidepool the place to go for T1D data. Since I can remember I’ve used art and design as a way to understand my experience living with T1D (for 21 […]
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Where’s the code? (Or, a funny thing happened while on the way to an open source license…)

September 18th, 2013 | Howard Look
Greetings! A quick update on where we are with making Tidepool's code publicly available, and a request for your feedback on our open source license strategy and draft license. Our project lives in a set of GitHub repositories at http://github.com/tidepool-org, but these repositories are currently private, which is not our intent. We'd much rather be […]
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