Tandem Diabetes Care (NSDQ:TNDM) said today that it released a software update using the company’s Tandem Device Updater tool for its t:slim insulin pumps purchased before April 2015. It marks the 1st time an insulin pump manufacturer has provided a software update that employs customers’ personal computers.
The Mac and PC-compatible tool remotely overhauls Tandem’s insulin pump software, according to the company, and will update older insulin pumps to include an expansion of the reverse correction functionality, the ability to enter a manual bolus into the suggested bolus window, and off-pump cartridge filling.
“The innovative, 1st-of-its-kind Tandem Device Updater represents an important advancement in the way functionality is delivered to insulin pump users, making it possible to provide new pump features to our customers independent of the typical pump insurance replacement cycle,” president & CEO Kim Blickenstaff said in prepared remarks. “We are working on exciting new software updates to offer our customers as they are approved by the FDA, such as integration with Dexcom’s G5 Mobile CGM system and automated insulin delivery algorithms, and today’s launch is the 1st step in this direction.”
After the t:slim insulin pump won FDA clearance, Tandem surveyed 300 customers and found that 2/3 of the customers who participated in the beta release thought the product was easy to use. More than 90% of patients indicated that they would likely download future software updates, according to Tandem.
The San Diego-based company touts its t:slim G4 insulin pump as the 1st continuous glucose monitoring-enabled pump with touchscreen capabilities.
In July last year, Tandem won FDA 510(k) clearance for an expanded pediatric indication for its t:slim insulin pump, now indicated for use in children 6 and older.