The Internet-enabled pancreatic horde will no doubt be thrilled to hear that everyone’s second favourite insulin pump manufacturer – Medtronic – is holding its first ever Annual Diabetes Internet Forum in sunny Lausanne this weekend. And I’m going.
According to the bumf I’ve received, the forum is designed to “collectively discuss and explore the internet communication opportunities as part of a patient’s quest to manage his/her diabetes mellitus”. I’ve never really thought of managing my diabetes as a “quest” before, but it sounds cool, no?
The event will also apparently provide information on “diabetes diagnosis and therapy…with regard to new technologies, products and applications”. They’re also going to try and find out what role the internet plays for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes patients. In other words, Medtronic are interested in the Internet and want to pick the brains of people who make use of it (like us web site operators (I hate the term “blogger”). Presumably this is so they can use it more effectively. Which seems fair enough.
So, anyway, as your humble representative in Switzerland this weekend, please do let me know in the comments below whether you have an questions, comments or opinions you would like to have put to Medtronic.
To keep you informed of what’s going on at all times, I’ll be updating you all via the wonders of our new twitter feed (how very web 2.0), which you can find here or via the whatsit on the right hand side of this page. Though be warned – in Geneva I’m meeting up with Mike of Diabetes in Spain fame (and regular contributor here on your soaraway Shoot Up) so please excuse us if some of the comments later in the evening are less than coherent…
Links: Shoot Up on twitter