Digital Diabetes – The Rise of Technology in Clinical Care with Prof. Derek O'Keeffe

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In this episode of Curbside Consults, we discuss how patients and physicians are using the latest technology to manage diabetes mellitus. We are joined by Prof. Derek O'Keeffe, Consultant Physician (Endocrinologist) at University Hospital Galway Ireland and Professor of Medical Device Technology at the National University of Ireland Galway.

0:05 – Intro
0:20 – Why now is the decade for diabetes and technology
2:00 – Technologies currently in use in diabetes care
8:00 – Benefits of continuous glucose monitoring
10:15 – Who should use continuous glucose monitoring?
12:20 – Challenges of using and implementing continuous glucose monitoring
16:10 – Closed-loop insulin pumps
19:30 – Future prospects for the use of technology in diabetes management
22:00 – Outro

Resources and articles discussed in this episode:

1. Breton MD et al. A Randomized Trial of Closed-Loop Control in Children with Type 1 Diabetes. N Engl J Med 2020.
2. Bruttomesso D. Toward Automated Insulin Delivery. N Engl J Med 2019.
3. Wolpert HA. Continuous Glucose Monitoring — Coming of Age. N Engl J Med 2010.
4. Sim I. Mobile Devices and Health. N Engl J Med 2019.

The Curbside Consults series complements the foundational information in Rotation Prep by taking a deep dive into key clinical topics with expert clinicians and educators. These podcasts explore and critique the evidence behind clinical practice and break down statistical concepts for the busy clinical trainee.

Prof. Derek O'Keeffe is a Consultant Physician (Endocrinologist) at University Hospital Galway Ireland and Professor of Medical Device Technology at the National University of Ireland Galway.

 James was a 2020-2021 NEJM Editorial Fellow and a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has a Masters of Science in Evidence-Based Healthcare from University College London and completed Basic Specialist Training in general internal medicine with the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland.

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