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What is Needed to Start

Pump

The system is compatible with Omnipod (left) or Medtronic (right) pumps. Both options can be applied anywhere on the body that is comfortable.

Sensor

Automatic applicator inserts sensor just under the surface of the skin and can be applied to many places on the body.

Transmitter

RileyLink allows the pump and sensor to communicate.

Controller

Smartphone or smartwatch receives CGM readings and automatically adjusts insulin delivery via an Omnipod or Medtronic pump.

Watch and Learn

Intro to Loop

How it Works

Using Loop

Device Details

Affordability and Access

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Supplies can be covered for Omnipod or Medtronic pumps and Dexcom. Price range; $0-$8,574 to start and 0-$300/month. iPhone, app, and Riley link are not covered and must be set up independently. Riley link price range; $135-$165.

Data Monitoring Options

Yes
Compatible with Tidepool - a web-based diabetes data management system. 

Data View Options

Yes
Data can be viewed on an iPhone. 

Duration and Storage

3-day pump 10-day sensor
Sensors last 10 days and transmitters last 90, and work at 50ºF – 108ºF. Pods or pump reservoirs last for up to 72 hrs and work from 40ºF – 104ºF.

Vision / Auditory / Dexterity

NO text to speech
NO 
vibration alerts
A LOT
of dexterity needed

Patient Considerations

Comfort

Low-profile but extra device. Low profile/low maintenance sensor. The RileyLink is an extra device that must be carried.

Active Lifestyle

Automatic responses. Can set custom blood sugar targets and insulin and carb sensitivities based on type of activity. App automatically responds to blood sugar changes during activity. *Medtronic option is not waterproof. Omnipod option is fully waterproof. 

Avoiding Highs and Lows

Automatically adjusts insulin delivery. Increases or decreases insulin delivery to meet glucose targets. Insulin delivery settings can be aggressive or conservative.

Easy to Use

Difficult set-up but easy to use. Software makes most dosing decisions. Requires many parts. Can be difficult to set up. 

Easy Insulin Dosing

All settings are completely customizable. Can bolus from phone or smartwatch. Can operate “open-loop” where the user must enact insulin delivery based on recommendations or “closed-loop” where modifications to insulin delivery are automatically delivered.

Fewer Fingersticks

Factory-calibrated sensor. Fingersticks needed for backup only.

Privacy

Discreet. Ability to give insulin via watch or phone. Ability to check sugar on phone or watch. Alerts available. *Medtronic pump has tubing. Omnipod is most hideable pump option (no tubes or separate controller needed).