Big things are happening at Tandem Diabetes.
The Mobile Bolus
The FDA just cleared a much-anticipated t:slim X2 pump feature that lets people bolus directly from iOS and Android devices. No more hiding your pump under the table at restaurants to account for those french fries…just grab your phone and make adjustments on the fly. The feature will be available in the U.S. to current in-warranty users as well as new t:slim X2 customers. Other aspects of mobile bolusing will include managing pump settings and wireless software updates via a smartphone. It’s important to note that you will still have the ability to program directly from your pump if you prefer.
Future Pump Plans
The Tandem t:slim X2 will soon be joined by newer pump models such as the t:slim X3, the Tandem Mobi and the Tandem Mobi Tubeless. As a provider caring for people with diabetes, I get giddy with excitement when I see another new technology, and makeovers of existing technology for the better. But sometimes choices can be paralyzing, whether we are deciding for ourselves or trying to help someone make a choice to improve their lifestyle. On those occasions, I think back to times when people with diabetes did not have many choices, and I am truly grateful for this “choice overload”. Here’s a breakdown of the exciting Tandem choices to look forward to!
The t:slim X3 reportedly will have greater processing power/capacity, a refreshed user interface, extended battery life, and wireless software updates.
The t:sport mini pump (aka Tandem Mobi) is a smaller version of the t:slim (50% the size), and this miniaturized, waterproof version will allow for more flexible and discreet wear options. Given that the pump (and therefore, the interface) is small, users can use their personal smartphone to control the pump. Moreover, the Mobi pump will be capable of inductive wireless charging, just like a smartphone. Like the current Tandem pumps on the market, automated insulin delivery with Control-IQ technology and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) will be the norm in this pump. There will be a new, shorter, 4-inch infusion set option on this pump as well. The cartridge will hold 200 units of insulin and will still have the quick bolus button even when the user is away from their smartphone.
The Mobi Tubeless
The Mobi Tubeless pump will be an extension of the Mobi pump. The pump itself will not change, but users will have the option to switch from a cartridge with a tube to a disposable, tubeless cartridge that can attach directly to the body. Thus, the Mobi pump will have the option to be quickly customized to a patch pump with every cartridge change, which may entice those with active lifestyles as well as the pediatric/adolescent populations.
The Patch Pump
Tandem is also designing a fully disposable patch pump, but details are very hush-hush for the time being.
First Things First
For now, current t:slim users can look forward to the mobile bolus rollout, likely this summer after a limited launch this spring. Within the next five years, the sequence of events will likely be the launch of Mobi, followed by the t:slim X3, and finally Mobi Tubeless.
It’s exciting to think about where we will be in a few short years, with even more options available for better diabetes care. In the meantime, we’ll take the freedom and flexibility of not having to interact with the pump at every meal. Go celebrate with some french fries!