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The latest thoughts and announcements from Tidepool's team.

101 Questions to Ask Yourself if you are building Medical Software

December 7th, 2017 | Howard Look
As part of our ongoing promise to keep you in the loop with our ongoing involvement with the FDA Pre-Certification Pilot program, here’s the next post on how we’re thinking. In a prior post, we shared some of the “Excellence Principles” and “Common Validating Principles” that the FDA asked us to think about as part […]
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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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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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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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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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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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Creating an any to any multiplex

September 3rd, 2013 | Howard Look
[Note: This article was originally authored by Ben West, one of the first employees we hired at Tidepool. Ben is now a key contributor for the Nightscout and OpenAPS projects.] You never know how things are going to come together—being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and a winter break spent learning web technologies were the […]
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What Will It Take to Change the Ecosystem?

August 27th, 2013 | Steve McCanne
At the risk of dating myself, I was there before there was an Internet, but I remember all the arguments. The guys from the phone companies wanted to make the rules. "Okay, fine, if we're going to have data on networks, we're going to have ATM switches because it's got to be circuit switched — […]
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How Is This Going to Happen?

August 8th, 2013 | Steve McCanne
As we all know, there are interesting examples of corporate ecosystems built around open standards leading to thriving markets and improved quality of life. Want a good example? Here's one. The Internet would never have been invented by the incumbent phone companies. In fact, they thought of it as a toy, and resisted it until […]
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Welcome to Tidepool Kent Quirk & Ben West

July 31st, 2013 | Howard Look
Please welcome Benjamin West to the Tidepool team. He has been actively working on getting data out of diabetes devices in real time. You can read lots more about Ben and his efforts prior to joining Tidepool here. Ben was diagnosed with T1D when he was in college. He is an active musician and worked for a short time with Kent Quirk and me at […]
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