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The latest thoughts and announcements from Tidepool's team.

Let’s Talk About Your Donated Data

November 2nd, 2017 | Christopher Snider
Over the summer, Tidepool launched the Tidepool Big Data Donation Project, helping you donate your anonymized diabetes data to research. Since the Project’s launch, we’ve been blown away by the community’s response—more than 1,100 datasets have been donated, with more coming in every day. We’ve been working with Ed Nykaza, a longtime contributor to Tidepool and […]
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Announcing the Tidepool Big Data Donation Project

May 23rd, 2017 | Howard Look
    Tidepool feels more strongly than ever that you own your own data and you get to choose how it gets used. We will never do anything with your data without your permission. Our first goal as a nonprofit organization is to help you achieve better diabetes therapy. We do this by helping you […]
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Hello World

May 19th, 2017 | Christopher Snider
Hi everyone. I know, based on timestamps, we’ve fallen behind sharing regular updates with you all. One of the aspects of a small non-profit organization is the necessity for people to wear many hats and juggle multiple priorities. This isn’t meant to be an excuse – as supporters, evangelists, and ultimately, our users, you deserve […]
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Precision Medicine, POTUS and T1D

February 29th, 2016 | Howard Look
Last Thursday I had the incredible opportunity to be on a panel discussion with President Barack Obama. The event marked one year of progress since the President kicked off the Precision Medicine Initiative in early 2015. It took place in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, literally steps away from the […]
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It’s a Matter of Time

October 31st, 2015 | Brandon Arbiter
The end of US Daylight Savings 2015 is upon us. And in its honor, we at Tidepool offer this blog post about time. Specifically, why it’s so hard to keep track of time on diabetes devices, and what Tidepool just did to make it a whole lot easier. Have you ever looked at your device […]
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Bionic Pancreas User Interface (4/4) : FAQ

July 24th, 2015 | Sara Krugman
Why black and white? We chose to use an eInk display for this first version of the BP. And yes, eInk screens are at thier best with black and white (for now, there is color but its just not as nice yet). This may come as a surprise but we chose this display technology for its […]
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Bionic Pancreas User Interface (3/4) : Interface details

July 20th, 2015 | Sara Krugman
In this post we will go into details of the decisions we made about individual screens and interactions. The main screen Should it be map or a path? (see Bill Verplank). A map shows the ins and outs; you can get a sense of where you are in relation to everything else that might affect […]
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Bionic Pancreas User Interface (2/4) : Mental models and user research

July 16th, 2015 | Sara Krugman
In order to wrap our head around how managing diabetes today with current insulin pumps will change with the bionic pancreas, we had to understand the experience. Our first question was Can we try it? An inherent challenge for good design of medical device: we can’t try it. Clinical trials have specific protocols, and we […]
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Bionic Pancreas User Interface (1/4) : Kickoff

July 13th, 2015 | Sara Krugman
The plane, the train, the car, and now what? Insulin pumps?! Yes! Finally? What do these things have in common? They are becoming increasingly automated. A few of us at Tidepool have spent the last 4 months designing the interface of the iLetTM, Boston University’s Bionic Pancreas (BP) device created by Ed Damiano and Firas […]
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Free for All: The Bionic Pancreas User Interface

July 10th, 2015 | Howard Look
Tidepool and Boston University are pleased to announce that we have recently completed a collaboration to create a fully-designed user interface for the Bionic Pancreas, and that we are releasing these designs freely to the public. Take these designs, please. Use them. Continue to innovate and iterate beyond what we’ve done. We are doing this […]
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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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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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Like a tidepool

July 30th, 2013 | Saleh Adi
People with diabetes, especially type 1 diabetes, live in a sea of numbers; blood glucose (BG) values, insulin doses in units, carbohydrates in grams, A1c, low numbers, high numbers, and more numbers: insulin to carb ratios, correction factors, target BG, basal rates, and the list goes on. Some numbers are set for them to manage their […]
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