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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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“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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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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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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A look under the hood

June 14th, 2013 | Howard Look

We've got a new white paper on our site. It's our technical vision for Tidepool, describing what we are doing to get out from under the current, proprietary information architecture and closed device software currently being used to manage diabetes.

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