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Medtronic Launches the First Diabetes Management Software to Offer Advanced Decision Support

Dec 23, 2010

Medtronic announces the FDA approval and market launch of CareLink® Pro 3.0 Therapy Management Software, the first software program to offer advanced decision support to healthcare professionals managing diabetes….

The software analyzes data from a patient’s insulin pump, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device, and blood glucose meter to identify the most important patient information in one easy-to-use dashboard. In addition, the software offers therapy considerations that clinicians can use as a starting point to discuss therapy changes with their patients to help improve glucose control.

“With the new CareLink Pro reports that aggregate data into one place, I will now be able to assess my patients’ glucose control and insulin delivery within minutes. In addition, by using the new therapy considerations, I will be able to spend much less time on data interpretation and more time using this information to discuss diabetes management with my patients,” said Jill Abelseth, M.D., FACE of The Endocrine Group.

The new Therapy Management Dashboard provides a snapshot of the patient’s key insulin delivery and glucose information on one page. In addition, it pinpoints the exact times the patient experienced a low (hypoglycemic) or high (hyperglycemic) glucose pattern and prioritizes these patterns so that clinicians know which times of day are the biggest challenges for their patients.

The new Episode Summary highlights key events that occur prior to hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic episodes, providing clinicians with quick insights on potential areas that may need to be addressed. Furthermore, the Episode Summary offers therapy considerations so that clinicians can make the most informed treatment decisions possible. By reducing the amount of time it takes to interpret patient data, clinicians may have more time to spend with patients fine tuning and making adjustments to therapy and behavior.

“We know diabetes management is complex and that gathering adequate information to make informed treatment decisions can be a challenge for clinicians and patients. Our goal with CareLink Pro 3.0 is to simplify this complexity by integrating patient data, helping providers identify patterns, and offering clinicians therapy considerations,” said Francine R. Kaufman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Vice President, Global Medical, Clinical & Health Affairs at Medtronic Diabetes. “We believe decision support is a key advancement toward developing an artificial pancreas, which will rely upon automated decisions to make adjustments to patients’ therapy, and are excited to bring it to the medical community.”

CareLink is an integral part of the MiniMed Paradigm® REAL-Time Revel System, which is the only FDA approved integrated system that combines an insulin pump with CGM. The recent STAR 3 trial demonstrated that patients in all age groups (adults, teens, and children) using the Medtronic integrated system achieved a statistically significant reduction in A1c at three months, which was sustained over the course of one year.