More on the Medingo SoloI blogged last week about the approval of the Medingo Solo insulin pump by the FDA. This week Medingo is showing it at the AADE conference and they've finally unveiled more details at the Medingo Solo website solo4you.com.
While the technical specifications are not available, they do have this video that shows some of the features.
The PDA part (Solo Remote) comes with different colored skins.
There are four parts to the Solo pump itself: Solo Remote; Reservoir; Pump Base; and Cradle.
The pump base is described as a '3-month insulin Pump Base that stores all your pump parameters'. Medingo says it last 90 days. Medingo provides you with a spare pump base, which will make replacement much less of a problem.
The reservoir holds up to 200 units of insulin and has a single mercury-free battery (grey circle to the upper right of the picture above). So each time you change the reservoir you get a new battery, it's not clear how recyclable it is. The cradle is the part that's attached to you, it's got the cannula. According to the site, a bad insertion can be fixed by just replace the cradle without losing much insulin. Changing the 'set' means replacing the reservoir and cradle. It's not clear how waterproof the base/reservoir are, so you need to detach these if you're swimming.
The Solo Remote has a color screen. It downloads settings to the pump base so that it will operate to some degree without the remote. The pump base has buttons (highlighted in orange in the picture) that allow bolusing without the remote. I assume this is like other pumps where you set a predetermined bolus amount and press a certain number of times to get a bolus of a certain size.
The Solo website does have a page to sign up for "Size Up Solo" demo kit. I've already done this, just be aware that the address entry fields are front to back and you'll be all set.
I'll update this post as I learn more. There are no posted specifications for the Medingo Solo system that I can find, from the video it looks very slim but I'll suspend judgment until I can get a copy of the user manual.
From what I've seen online, this looks like an improvement in usability and design over other pumps. I think we're going to see more of these insulin patch pumps over the next few years.