Expert insights on diabetes digital health technology and devices

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Well connected: How CGMs can help introduce patients to other diabetes tech tools

Entry-level tech can be a gateway for patients to engage with other diabetes technologies. What’s the clinician’s role in helping patients achieve their tech potential?

By Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, BC-ADM, CDCES and Natalie Bellini, DNP, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, CDCES | 10 min read

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How to help explain diabetes tech to anyone—regardless of their health literacy level

Health literacy can have a profound impact on outcomes for people with diabetes. Here are some tips for getting a read on our patients and meeting them where they are.

By Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RDN, LDN, BC-ADM, CDCES | 10 min read

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The dollars and sense of diabetes tech: How I talk with patients when tech cost is a barrier

How can we turn potentially awkward conversations about money into collaborative problem-solving sessions focused on the value of diabetes tech?

By Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RDN, LDN, BC-ADM, CDCES | 8 min read

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The tech-ephant in the room: Unpacking implicit bias in the prescription of diabetes tech

Inequities in access to diabetes tech can have many causes, including clinician bias. Read how one health care professional addresses her own biases and assumptions to work toward equitable care.

By Alicia Shelly, MD, FACP | 6 min read

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Tech is for type 2s, too: How I approach diabetes tech for people with T2D

Think diabetes tech is only for people with type 1 diabetes? Think again. Get an expert’s perspective on utilizing tech to help people manage their T2D. 

By Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RDN, LDN, BC-ADM, CDCES | 6 min read

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Diabetes stigma in a digital world: What CGMs, celebrities, and communication have in common

Can diabetes technology play a role in helping people living with diabetes avoid feelings of shame and judgment?

By Amy Tenderich, MA | 6 min read

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How can we build on A1C? Looking at metrics that can help with daily glycemic control

A conversation about the practical applications of digital data and diabetes metrics such as TIR, GMI, and GRI, and how they may help patients take action in their self-management.

By Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RDN, LDN, BC-ADM, CDCES and Amy Tenderich, MA | 10 min read

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Creating "aha!" moments: 3 ways I use diabetes tech to help patients overcome self-management barriers

Get tips for using diabetes data to help patients build knowledge, discover motivation, and draw connections between their actions and their glucose levels.

By Alicia Shelly, MD, FACP | 6 min read

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The future of diabetes tech is being built right now: The 4 tools I’m most excited about

Peek into the near future for a tour of emerging technologies that may impact the way patients manage their diabetes in the years ahead.

By Amy Tenderich, MA | 6 min read

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Can diabetes tech save patients time? Maybe, but I actually hope it doesn’t

Learn how digital health tools—from continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) to diabetes management apps—may help patients make the most of their self-management time.

By Alicia Shelly, MD, FACP | 8 min read 

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Common adherence challenges in diabetes and how I address them with digital health

See how digital health tools may help address adherence challenges and keep patients engaged in their diabetes care plan.

By Alicia Shelly, MD, FACP | 6 min read

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Partnering with patients to unlock the potential of diabetes data

Explore how diabetes technology can deliver useful data to both patients and clinicians to help inform treatment decisions.

By Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RDN, LDN, BC-ADM, CDCES | 5 min read

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How many of these 5 diabetes devices and tech tools have you integrated into your treatment process?

Explore some of the digital health tools that are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible for patients and health care professionals alike.

By Amy Tenderich, MA | 6 min read

–— Contributors –—

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Alicia Shelly, MD, FACP

Douglasville, Georgia

Dr Shelly is a primary care provider who regularly sees patients with diabetes. She is a board-certified internal medicine physician at Wellstar Primary Care in Douglasville, Georgia.

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Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RDN, LDN, BC-ADM, CDCES

Chicago, Illinois

Amy is a diabetes care and education specialist and registered dietitian who sees type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients daily. She oversees their education recognition program and coordinates the Teen and Adolescent Diabetes Transition Program at University of Chicago’s Kovler Diabetes Center. She received the American Diabetes Association’s Outstanding Educator of the Year award in 2022.

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Amy Tenderich, MA

Santa Barbara, California

Amy is a journalist, nationally known patient advocate, and diabetes tech expert. She was the founder and editor of DiabetesMine.com and former Editorial Director of Diabetes & Patient Advocacy at Healthline Media. She organizes and hosts the biannual DiabetesMine Innovation Forums (Innovation Summit, D-Data ExChange) that connect patient and industry leaders. Amy also lives with diabetes, having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2003.

All contributors received a fee from Novo Nordisk for their participation.

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