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Cybersecurity Concerns with Medtronic Insulin Pumps

Insulin pump therapy, or continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII), has been used in the treatment of diabetes for decades. Devices have evolved with technological advancements; some insulin pumps now feature Bluetooth connectivity and complementary smartphone applications while the use of AI technology is slowly being integrated. Modern insulin pumps are both more patient and physician-friendly as they allow for precise insulin control in diabetic patients.  As a result, the number of pump users has increased manifold now totaling an estimated 350,000 patients within the United States. 

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Diabetes Management in the Digital Age

With increasing smartphone and digital device usage, there is a growing opportunity for technological tools to be incorporated into diabetes self-management (DSME). Although studies are limited thus far, scientific advancements in diabetes care have reduced long-term complications by improving glucose control, and simplifying disease management. Poor glucose control can lead to long-term diabetes, micro- and macro-vascular complications, and other health issues: all of which generate higher morbidity and mortality rates. The CDC reports that 100 million U.S. adults live with diabetes or prediabetes: a number expected to rise to 592 million by 2035.

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