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Diabetics Are Hacking Their Own Insulin Pumps

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There is a revolution in the Type 1 diabetes community and thousands of people are now hacking their insulin pumps for better blood sugar management. CNBC's Erin Black, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 20 years ago, decided to try out the hacked system. Here's what happened. Type 1 diabetes is a disease that affects more than 1.2 million Americans. I'm one of them. It's a disease that impairs the body's ability to produce the hormone insulin, which normally comes from the pancreas. So insulin has to be injected. Managing blood sugars can be very difficult, and patients use a pump to help mimic the activity of the pancreas. However, pumps don't automatically adjust insulin levels for diabetics. And the manual process is tedious and can be dangerous. But a few years ago, people figured out how to hack their insulin pumps to make them automatically adjust insulin levels more precisely. » Subscribe to CNBC: http://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBC About CNBC: From 'Wall Street' to 'Main Street' to award winning original documentaries and Reality TV series, CNBC has you covered. Experience special sneak peeks of your favorite shows, exclusive video and more. Connect with CNBC News Online Get the latest news: http://www.cnbc.com/ Follow CNBC on LinkedIn: https://cnb.cx/LinkedInCNBC Follow CNBC News on Facebook: http://cnb.cx/LikeCNBC Follow CNBC News on Twitter: http://cnb.cx/FollowCNBC Follow CNBC News on Google+: http://cnb.cx/PlusCNBC Follow CNBC News on Instagram: http://cnb.cx/InstagramCNBC #CNBC #CNBCExplores Hacking Diabetes With This DIY Artificial Pancreas
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Jeff Goldblum (3 hours ago)
Can we sell them on the black market
Ludovic Bérubé (4 hours ago)
Wait! Can you give a bolus with your cellphone?!?!?!? I. NEED. THIS.
zippy (9 hours ago)
Our FDA is bought and sold !
HumbleBee (11 hours ago)
Pretty sure you could get a Raspberry Pi Zero and code it yourself to get the same or a better result for only ~$40
Branden's Outdoor Channel (14 hours ago)
I can overclock the pumps to 5.0 jigahertz
Austin Poe (14 hours ago)
Well this great but what if your phone dies halfway thru the day
Scott Gall (15 hours ago)
HyperVenom (15 hours ago)
*Watch dogs 3 official trailer*
Ben Wa Balls (16 hours ago)
This is great but why don't you ask the pharmaceutical companies why they trashed the cure for type one diabetes back in 1985? It was as simple as a needle with current running through it and it was injected into the pancreas and then the pancreas was jump started, 5 people 5 years no insulin and all five test subjects held perfect sugar levels, then it disappeared...
krsakil (17 hours ago)
Everything what's bad in corporation's is showed here. They took open source solution, put it in their case slapped huge price tag and called themselves heroes. Disgusting. Government should make their certificated DIY instruction how to assemble this system.
Minecrafter 3929 (18 hours ago)
So for lazy diabetics right..... “that burning you feel, it is shame”
JKanimation (18 hours ago)
Its not about your health its about your money.
Joseph Miller (19 hours ago)
Oh man. Don't let anything happen to your cellphone!
NonExistant (20 hours ago)
Move to England, maybe?
Heugh Jassman (20 hours ago)
7000 dollars this is insane. We need radical reform from someones mind that isnt littered with trying to steal our lives, money and well being. Our government is killing its people and ensuring that we have to crawl to gain any happiness.
GuildCarver (21 hours ago)
Welcome to America where you have to hack ancient technology for affordable health care.
v2_ (21 hours ago)
That VP of Meditronic is so full of crap. He knows the issue is because of the price and he's trying to play it off as if there's the huge risk to it. The risks are higher with the manual pump before the computer monitoring, especially considering that the patient themselves has to control it instead of having a computer control it. Just because something isn't FDA approved doesn't mean it's bad, it just means it's untested. The equipment and technology that the DIY has in it is the same, if not better than the pump the big Pharma has and is only a fraction of the cost. Makes you think...
Maxime Ostiguy (21 hours ago)
Toya Todoroki (1 day ago)
Actually the hospitals intentionally make prices waaaaaaaaay and I mean waaaaaay higher than the actual price so people get insurance, what cost $120 in a hospital is actually $5-$10 in production costs.
Este guey dijo.... (1 day ago)
Where do you think the tons and tons of cocaine smuggled to the USA goes?? to the pharma.
Noh-Lah The Crazy Furby! (1 day ago)
These people need to go to Canada...
Luke B (1 day ago)
The more complex these devices become, the more chance of bugs appearing. I hope they have a very tough test suite covering as many edge cases as possible. Great work though, sticking it to big pharma!
Gl 876 (1 day ago)
What if you hack the app to overdose someone's insulin
Fian Manafe (1 day ago)
cool it is use bluetooth. easy to hack too. trolling someone by adjust pump to maximum must be fun 😋. JK just don't use bluetooth to connect using external app, it is really danger. use microchip instead.
Nighttime Foxy (1 day ago)
I'd much rather do it my self. Becuase someone can Hack it and just Over Flood your body. And bye bye you'll go. I'm not a Diabetic. So i don't understand this stuff
christian (1 day ago)
RIP Tandem insulin pumps
Milner Technologies (1 day ago)
Wow I always thought that insulin pumps already did this. I guess they're pretty archaic.
Ben Vapes (1 day ago)
ah the good old raspberry pi
miles torres (1 day ago)
Anybody else think the dad looks like Slipg8tr
CosmicFlame (1 day ago)
Eyes ears, pancreas.. so many treats, so little time..
Super robot Knuckles (1 day ago)
Instead of natural selection we have the fall of the poor
Argon Zoran (1 day ago)
I almost spat out my drink when I saw those smooth night time numbers. I'm getting a CGM myself soon and I'll be very happy when I can wake up without having to freak out over 200 sugars anymore. If it wasn't for the fact I'm getting a CGM I would start this moment to build one of these.
Kevin Schmitt (1 day ago)
FDA is worthless to people willing to do their own research.
Jakester! - The Darude Comment Critic (1 day ago)
My MiniMed is also close to its 4 year mark (its recommended you change your insulin pump every 4 years) and I might try to do this...
Graphene (1 day ago)
Someone needs to manufacture bootleg infusion sets and reservoirs. The cost is literally killing me and many others. Please reply to this if you know of an alternative. I'd be in great gratitude
BowieMoonen (1 day ago)
Raspberry Pie for the Win 😎😎😎
dixib (1 day ago)
If this is not proof that the FDA is not looking out for you but the health care industry, I don't know what is....
Brolie (1 day ago)
very smart Diabetic tattoo she has on her forearm
Onkel Gargi (1 day ago)
All of this is worth 0$ after an EMP! ;) Better stay oldschool!
Junior Cardenas (1 day ago)
This is why everyone's doing things on their own without support from any agency or government the only way we'll survive. The United States Medical Care system is like a Jeopardy game you either win or lose nothing is free here
just another gay passing by (1 day ago)
i think i'll stay with my 2 pens, thank you
John Grepo (1 day ago)
Yeah. Currently my numbers are high- I need to see my doctor..
Rage (1 day ago)
‘medicine is just liquid money’ ~ pharma
Edward Oberon (1 day ago)
Terrible healthcare system
juan altamiranda (2 days ago)
There it goes Pharma System intending to get advantage of health issues again, Food industry intending to give you the health issues so that they work together with the Pharma industry as well, BUT they wont be able to crack the open source movement which is meant to put this Monopolistics selfish out of the game. Technology is nothing there but only meant to be improved and this is what it does. Great work programmers for this hit to this companies. $7k agains just 150 bucks c'on.
Zak Appleby (2 days ago)
If that family is diabetic. Why breed with other diabetics
carroll1106 (5 hours ago)
The family is not diabetic, the child is. It showed them as being DIY users because the parents are the ones using the system to care for their child who is unable to do the system on her own.
Dancing Badgers (2 days ago)
Some heroes don't ware capes.
MuscleDad420 (2 days ago)
Good country, great job.
Joshua Blake (2 days ago)
Why aren't they just made that way in the first place
Mandingo Duagi (2 days ago)
Why are they not banned?
The Anti-cuck (2 days ago)
I was under the impression that problem with diabetes is that the pancreas is continually spiking insulin into an insulin resistance system until the pancreas burns out and is no longer able to produce adequate insulin? it seems to me, had continually feeding insulin into it already insulin resistance system only exacerbates the problem. wouldn't it make far more sense to use dietary restrictions to reduce the need for constant insulin?
The Anti-cuck (2 days ago)
how about just not feeding your diabetic daughter Pizza, especially before she goes to bed?
carroll1106 (4 hours ago)
She wasn't eating it before bed.....having pizza at dinner can cause high blood sugar overnight. Also....although pizza is not the best food choice for a diabetic, there is nothing wrong with an occasional slice of pizza with the family for a 12 yr old kid. Depriving diabetics kids of having occasional foods that 'normal' people eat will only cause them to binge on them when away from home because they feel deprived and want to be like everyone else. As the parent of a child who got diabetes at age 3, I am very experienced with this. "Junk" food is okay occasionally, and when planned for. I never had a problem with my daughter bingeing when away from home because we allowed her occasional 'junk' food and compensated for it. Her A1C levels were always in the non-diabetic range, so we did pretty well with her. She is now 33 and very healthy still, even though she's had diabetes for 30 yrs.
The Nimblest Ninja (2 days ago)
FDA and U.S. healthcare system are scam artists.
The Nimblest Ninja (2 days ago)
You'd think a company would have already made a competent insulin machine.
carroll1106 (4 hours ago)
They have....it's called a syringe.
LiveTheLoveYouWant (2 days ago)
See, Americans? You should have voted yes, amend the Constitution to keep money out of politics a couple months ago :p
MattWasabii (2 days ago)
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strange happenings (2 days ago)
Humans are literally cyborgs now. People really should listen to Elon Musk more before its too late.
john doe (2 days ago)
Can't they give her a cadaver pancreas from death row inmate?
Zak Kaioken (2 days ago)
Good job programmers and hackers. I thought hackers were bad people flying on my minecraft servers without permission. Nice to know they care about diabetics.
carroll1106 (5 hours ago)
"Hackers" didn't do this. Diabetics with pumps or parents of diabetics did it.
bannablitz247 (2 days ago)
modifying your car is so dangerous... yeah, right. I trust myself more to do something to save my life a bit more than a big company, especially pharmaceutical that definitely always has my best interest in mind.
james yorty (2 days ago)
Am i the only one who thought this is what insulin pumps already did?
HappyPel (2 days ago)
The pump company spokesman looks like hes on PCP.
soccerjoker95 (2 days ago)
This is like PC vs Mac. Lol. They'll sell you the same idea and hardware for a lot more.
soccerjoker95 (2 days ago)
Non upgradeable lol
Dinky Doo (2 days ago)
Medtronic already has this
robert jr (2 days ago)
7k$ for something that would cost them 20$ to Make(not including research) criminals. Medical industry is criminal
AAA AAA (2 days ago)
So.. now do you see how good human-electronic interfacing is? We should try to interface directly with the human brain to regulate stuff at core level. This has the added bonus that we can directly connect to the internet too. For convenience. And stuff. ;)
LABAWESOME (2 days ago)
I pay 300 every 3 months just for sensors for my libre which is called “experimental “ because i am a young diabetic . 7000 to live a better life . Is nothing compared to a lifelong illness. I personally haven’t had a pump or tried a cgm with one but i hear its life changing. And although a artificial pancreas is not a cure it is a HUGGGE fix . Especially as my diabetes is very sensitive and can be altered even by the weather or mood . Its never gonna be perfect but its beats the negative side affects of poor management
carroll1106 (4 hours ago)
Honey, every Type 1 diabetic is 'very sensitive'....it's the nature of the disease. And you don't need a computer to have good management. My daughter is 33 and has had Type 1 since she was 3 years old. We were very lucky to have a good pediatric endocrinologist who pressured us into getting the Joslin Diabetes Manual put out by the Joslin Clinic. Get that manual and study it cover to cover....it's the best thing you'll ever do to be able to have excellent control. My daughter's A1C levels were always in the non-diabetic range, and that's because we educated ourselves about every aspect of Type 1. If you are not seeing an endocrinologist.....GET ONE. Don't go to just a primary care doctor or even internal medicine. Endocrinologists specialize in diabetes, the others don't and don't have the knowledge. Sure, this system would be more convenient for you, but you really should have the knowledge to control your sugars on your own before going to this system. The more you know about Type 1, the better decisions you can make. My daughter is 33 now and has had diabetes for 30 years. She is healthy as a horse and has a 10 yr old son (who is also healthy as a horse). She started taking her own injections at age 7, and we educated her all along about every aspect of her disease to take care of herself. Getting the knowledge is extremely important, not only to control your sugars the best way possible, but it also lets you know which doctors are good and which aren't. You need that knowledge as well. Surprisingly, many doctors and nurses know very little about Type 1 and how to care for it.....that way you'll know who to listen to and who not to. Good luck to you.
Game Odyssey (2 days ago)
So many people are slowly becoming cyborgs
Trochoid (2 days ago)
This is sick
Geenine44 (2 days ago)
Why the heck is a diabetic child being fed pizza?? Shows even diabetics still aren’t being supported or educated enough to help manage their health outcomes. Find this a real bug bear in my daily work.
WetttMedia (2 days ago)
Lmaoo pizza won’t do anything
Jackson Tenor (2 days ago)
Do you know anything about diabetes? You're 100% allowed to eat pizza and any other food you want. Its true that pizza tends to be notorious for causing short term blood sugar problems as the high fat in the food slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, but it, and any other food, has NO LONG TERM IMPACTS ON A TYPE 1 DIABETIC. TYPE 1 DIABETICS CAN EAT ANYTHING THEY WANT, CONTROLLING THEIR BLOOD SUGAR BY TAKING INSULIN. If I had to guess, you probably are confusing type 1 with type 2. Type 1 diabetes is not related to diet, weight, etc. Someone has it and that is how it is, there is no cure, only treatment to help manage it and keep you alive. This is very clearly the type covered in the video. Type 2 is a very different illness that can be treated through diet, and more likely what you're thinking of when you think of "diabetes", but insulting these parents for feeding their kid pizza is ignorant and only helping spread the misinformation between these two illnesses.
Jonathan Post (2 days ago)
Diabetics never need carbs? Wrong! We can still enjoy occasion al treats.
Lewie McNeely (2 days ago)
7 grand? Follow the yellow brick road. $$$$$
Charlie BANDZ (2 days ago)
What if it malfunctions
Jackson Tenor (2 days ago)
If your blood sugar ever gets too low or too high, the system will alert you so you can make a manual correction.
Katelynn Murphy (2 days ago)
They still have enough knowledge of blood sugar and how to traditionally monitor and correct it, if it fails they can fall back on that.
ILostSlothes - ILS (2 days ago)
Oh well
Mine Craft (2 days ago)
Ben Hicks (2 days ago)
ransomwares dream
Fusseldieb (1 day ago)
Ben Hicks "Pay or you'll be exterminated"
lsulsu (2 days ago)
I’ve been using the system described for 1.5 years and it’s much better than anything commercially available.
Hendog (1 day ago)
MTG: Fatal Push I guess if someone really wants to risk it, they can. I never would, but to each his own :/. In my experience I haven’t had any bugs with the pump it’s self but quite a few with the cgm.
MTG: Fatal Push (2 days ago)
+Hendog if u have the experience of makin them then y not, better then wasting 7k on something that only cost 50-100ish to make lol FDA kits still comes with bugs, and if anyone thinks something is "bug" free is insane lol.
Hendog (2 days ago)
lsulsu yeah right the Medtronic 670g/ cgm might be expensive but it works better and isn’t made in a garage. I wouldn’t want that thing controlling my bg
Rick Nassar (2 days ago)
Only in USA
Cosmic Doors1 (2 days ago)
even if the DiY loop doesnt work right away they can manually dose until its accurate. I'm glad software programmers and engineers came together to make a affordable pump for diabetics
yellowbusguy (2 days ago)
We don't like your DYI stuff because we can't charge a stupid amount for it. 7 grand is a criminal asking price.
Cosmic Doors1 (2 days ago)
Congress needs to regulate mark ups and only allow 20% above retail price, same goes for public money being used for contractors they mark up the costs like crazy
Cosmic Doors1 (2 days ago)
Healthcare mark up is stupid. I understand businesses need to make profits but for some people that medication or pump is life or death
Vaughn Billy (2 days ago)
It's a shame the big pharma companies knows all this,but in there interests of making money over people's health is unnecessary
Michael Hood (2 days ago)
Want to decrease this disease use magnesium that is bonded to malic acid fruit acid and drink real lemonade with stevia then make shure you cook figs add stevia for sweet and have it as jam next to or with oat meal for breakfast then make that permanent habit the the magic happens
wojownik9999 a. (2 days ago)
i hope bluetooth connection is decrypted.
wojownik9999 a. (2 days ago)
yea right xD+Ben Hicks
Ben Hicks (2 days ago)
encrypted* but yep
Eun Shine (2 days ago)
Well... I’m still on an omnipod.... it’s not helping very much
Hendog (1 day ago)
Eun Shine ah, I was diagnosed about a year and a half ago and within 6 months was on a Medtronic 670g, it’s worked pretty well for me but it was very pricey and the tubing is a little annoying. I also eat a bunch of small snacks throughout the day, which just wasn’t working well with shots. I don’t really know anything about the omnipod but I think my cousin said he likes it.
Eun Shine (2 days ago)
I almost miss doing the shots system, I've been having lots of issues with my omnipod.. Lately I've been getting a lot of bad pumps ( they either stop working completely and start making the "beep" sound or end up ripping off my body even with using extra adhesive..) and having to change sites more often, It's really bulky and it makes me throw away alot more trash bits.. I dunno, Yes It can be better than shots... but Idk , Maybe it's just not for me, I think I handled shot regiment better than being frustrated with my pump and CGM ( I have Dexcom g5, it's also not working very well these past couple weeks..) I think there's just pros and cons.. I just wish there was a cure sooner :) +Hendog
Hendog (2 days ago)
Eun Shine better than shots :/ lol
Connor Cain (2 days ago)
In the UK that would be free
Bazooka Joe (2 days ago)
As usual, the free market and competition always drive for better and cheaper products. The manufacturer probably would have had no hurry to add this new technology in such a hurry if not for the hack others were using. Sadly, since there isn't much competition the prices are out of this world. If we can get more competition or get the FDA to approve these apps to run these devices and people can buy these DIY on a larger market we will most likely see the FDA approved devices drop dramatically. Nothing drives innovation and low prices like competition and reward of wealth for the innovations.
MrAustinpen (2 days ago)
We gonna pump you up
wrangler Dave (2 days ago)
Of corse the co is going to advise you not to use a hacked pump cause they are losing money because of it
Hendog (2 days ago)
wrangler Dave or because it’s just an awful idea
Nathan Johnson (2 days ago)
Of course Medtronic doesn’t want you to use it, why would they want you to use an $150 system that works perfectly fine when you could just give them $7000 for the same thing! I don’t even know why they asked big pharmas opinion in the first place
Ralph Madera (2 days ago)
Like any other Pharmaceutical executive he will put down anything that someone come up with in order to keep those profits coming in. Pharma companies they in reality save lives but never in actuality cures anyone 100 per cent, otherwise their business disappears and their big wallets will go empties. It is just like the cars manufacturers,the cars from 50s,60s and 70s still running, but I would seriously doubt it if any car built in this century will last that long, if they make lasting products or medicines to cure all kind of The illnesses PHARMACEUTICAL Companies will run out of business in 10 years.
GrebbChannel (2 days ago)
5:30 couldn't agree more. As a 640G user(630G in the US) I'm horrified about how bad the software is. Carelink is browser based Java, let that sink in!
ajkdhsalfgnewidpcvjcjqd8w9agvespfld]j cmkpiwsgxq (2 days ago)
I'm all for free markets but 7k for a life-saving device to fix a chronic disease? I thought the reason for a government to exist was to care of it's citizens since a healthy worker is a productive one.
Kyle B (1 day ago)
ajkdhsalfgnewidpcvjcjqd8w9agvespfld]j cmkpiwsgxq having to get FDA approval is not free markets its just big pharma blocking out competition
Michael Black (2 days ago)
since when do we trust the FDA?
Scott Billingsley (18 hours ago)
I certainly don't trust them to be perfect, but I do expect them to maintain a high standard for testing and verification, which they do for the most part. They are drastically and chronically underfunded though, which is part of the reason things take soo long to be approved. For the average person, the FDA is one of the most beneficial governmental services; we maintain a relatively safe food and medical market largely because of their work.
Mein Name (2 days ago)
Funny how this is a FIRST WORLD PROBLEM... Maybe you should have eaten healthy and Not PIZZA, BURGERS, CHICKEN WINGS, COCA COLA.... You did this To YOURSELF and your Children, relatives and Friends.
Jackson Tenor (2 days ago)
Type 1 diabetes is an auto immune disorder that can impact anyone. Type 2 diabetes is caused by poor diet. This entire video clearly references Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetics would never use any of the products in this video because injecting insulin would be completely ineffective. This is a very common misconception, but comments like yours only increase the confusion and problems that T1 Diabetics can face from people like who insulting them without a shred of sense behind their words. I hope you learned something and will remove your comment.
D K (2 days ago)
+Mein Name Please edit your ignorant comment and apologize.
Juan Mig (2 days ago)
Mein Name They talking about type 1, not type 2. Educate yourself before you spew some bullsht
Ryan Smock (2 days ago)
Type 1 can occur at any age, usually at infancy, and occurs when the immune system attacks the insulin makers, basically producing no insulin in the body. Type 2, however, is almost always based on lifestyle choices, where the body either makes too little insulin or unusable insulin. Reconsider your comment production on topics you obviously are not educated on.
kate carew (2 days ago)
Hey there, nurse here, this is used in type one diabetes and they’re BORN this way, it’s got nothing to do with lifestyle. I suggest you keep your militant opinions to yourself until you educate yourself on the differences between type one and type two diabetes. I doubt you’ll listen to anything any of us are saying but you may want to do a bit of research just so you don’t continue living in the dark about something most of us know about. No one wants to be the last to know!
Izzy G (2 days ago)
I’m not a diabetic. But I am a software dev. There are glitches and bugs in any software. People will praise this, and when someone dies because they are not getting what they need, they will start the blame game. Remember, your life is on the line here. With that being said, I can’t imagine how hard it must be to live with this condition. I can see how something like this is appealing.
Scott Billingsley (18 hours ago)
+mr anonymous Are these referred to as 'artificial pancreases?' I agree with you, I can definitely see it taking a lot of work to iron out every issue that could come up with automating such an important medical device. I would think they are programmed to essentially shut-off and alert the user if anything goes wrong, so they can monitor their levels and fix the issue instead of having it under or overdose them. I know top-of-the-line hearing aids easily go into the thousands of dollars, so it's no surprise that something which patients trust with their lives could cost so much.
mr anonymous (19 hours ago)
Im a type 1 diabetic and also an electrical and electronics engineer that develops safety critical systems which use software. I can definetly confirm that software glitches do occur and the process for ironing them out takes a lot of man hours at a significent cost. As a diabetic i would love a low cost artifical pancreas but as a professional engineer i wouldnt take the risk with a DIY solution.
Jack Previte (1 day ago)
Izzy G but someone isn’t going to die instantly from not getting the insulin. The people with this condition are monitoring their levels constantly anyway.
PlagueDctr (2 days ago)
+Izzy Gthere is definitely a lot of risk but this is open source and maintained by a lot of people. I'm sure there are safeguards in place to minimize effects if the software becomes buggy, Like not letting the level of insulin change too drastically.
Izzy G (2 days ago)
+D K upon a quick google search, the fda actually cannot be sued. the manufacturer could though. I myself couldn't write something like this as i have no medical knowledge. assuming the device is a simple pump, id say it could be done in half a year.
Wild Bill (2 days ago)
$6,750 dollars to cover legal liability, and $150 for the device. The biggest part of the DYI savings is that the DYI'er bears 100% of the responsibility for the device and its proper operation. This should mainstream soon, as you saw there are another 3 companies offering this product so I suspect the price will drop, but never anywhere near 150 bucks.
farmkidspm (2 days ago)
This system is only $150 because it uses an old used pump. That pump was several thousand when it was new.
Joselerio M (2 days ago)
That white man speaking on behalf of the pump co is a corporate shill he doesn t want people to save money. People modify their cars daily and are absolutely fine.
John Carlson (2 days ago)
Government will no doubt try to shut the hack down and make it against the law.
Lewie McNeely (2 days ago)
Yeah, for your 'own good'.
Kenchan1337 (2 days ago)
just to inform all of you who don't know: the $7000 for a pump is nothing compared to the equipment costs for everything else you need to measure your blood sugar level for example. the cost for the pump is a joke compared to the total cost.
i`s`h`m`a`e`l (2 days ago)
thats not hacking......
PlagueDctr (2 days ago)
It is literally hacking.
Pedro Delgado (2 days ago)
7k with no insurance expensive? Yes, but it shouldn't be free which seems to be something people say on the other hand they aren't government funded and since they are the only one who is FDA approved so like any other buisiness they take the opportunity and sell high until like the lady mentioned more companies step in and they all end up forcing each other to lower their prices
Kimberly Mayoral (2 days ago)
The issue with the Hack system is that it’s not FDA approved which means this hacked system is not taught in hospitals. So if someone messes up and you end up in the emergency room there will be an issue trying to figure out what’s going on. The 7,000s is to teach hospitals how to use the system, make sure there aren’t error messages, and customer service if a system does arise, not to mention the evidence based research that had to go into this and all the other amount of money they needed for paperwork to get through the FDA. Everyone thinks you just send in 1 paper and your prototype and all of a sudden it’s FDA approved...