The Wednesday special session on diabetes technology has been a mainstay of AACE Scientific & Clinical Congress for several years. But according to session chair George Grunberger, MD, FACP, FACE, attendees were interested in more hands-on time with the insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors and other important technology pieces.
Those who attended yesterday’s daylong two-part special session got just that.
“Clinicians who attended the whole day now know not only what’s on the market and what’s coming down the pike, but how to actually use it once they get back home,” said Dr. Grunberger, Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular Medicine & Genetics at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Professor of Medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. “They can decide what they want to implement into practice or if they already have a particular device in their practice how to make sure they have the knowledge to better manage their patients.”
The morning didactic session opened with a look at the current landscape of insulin pumps presented by Bruce W. Bode, MD, FACE, a diabetes specialist with Atlanta Diabetes Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Emory University.
He was followed by a presentation by Dr. Grunberger on current continuous glucose monitoring technology and what attendees can expect to find on the market soon.
Irl B. Hirsch, MD, Professor of Medicine and Diabetes Treatment and Teaching Chair at the University of Washington School of Medicine, led a case-based session where he provided basic guidance on interpreting data downloaded from insulin pumps and glucose monitors.
The closing morning session featured an update on the artificial, or so called bionic, pancreas, by Moshe Phillip, MD, Director of the Institute for Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel. He covered the current investigations by the different groups globally and the status of getting automated insulin delivery into the hands of patients.
Switching gears after the break, the afternoon sessions changed from the “whats” to the “hows.” After short presentations on each insulin pump and glucose sensor device, attendees got hands-on to test out how to program the devices to bring theoretical information to practical application.
“In the afternoon, we covered the practicalities,” said Dr. Grunberger. “We allotted time for attendees to actually be able to play and touch and push buttons on all of the pumps and the sensors.”
Also, in the afternoon, Timothy Bailey, MD, FACP, FACE, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, discussed the real world approach to establishing diabetes technology in a practice, including information on space requirements, personnel, training, hardware, software, coding, billing and reimbursement.
The workshop concluded with a case-based panel featuring Dr. Bailey, Dr. Grunberger and Dace Trence, MD, FACE, Director of the Diabetes Care Center and Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington.
“We presented cases from our practices and had the attendees help problem solve the actual cases. I tried to cover the different clinical situations we encounter and showed real downloads from everything that is on the market,” said Dr. Grunberger.