Everyone else has done such a great job recapping specific moments of Medtronic’s Diabetes Advocate Forum that it would be foolish to think I could add anything else to that narrative. But there has been one prominent, lingering theme that I’ve taken away above all others: listening makes all the difference.
Medtronic made it an early mission to articulate that they have heard all of the feedback surrounding their launch of the 530g with Enlite, specifically the problem with calling a device an Artificial Pancreas Device System: Threshold Suspend with an audience that will only read/hear “Artificial Pancreas”.
They also did an admirable job of hearing our feedback. Most of the time a simple “we hear you” is all you will get out of Presidents, Vice Presidents and other similarly impressive job titles. But we got more than that. Instead of slides and “any questions?”, we were interjecting thoughts and feedback throughout the day’s conversation. Topics that were worth revisiting, of which there were many, were added to the “parking lot” and given follow up time at the end of the first day.
From the Westlake Village Four Seasons Hotel, a bunch of people with and associated with diabetes have gathered to discuss Medtronic’s 2014 Diabetes Advocates Forum. We stay on topic for the most part, covering expectations and reactions to the first day of the gathering. We also tangent off into a bunch of random places, which isn’t out of the ordinary for a group like this. Come for the laughter, stay for the Diet Coke and Twizzlers. Enjoy!
If the early bird gets the worm, the procrastinating blogger gets the opportunity to recap and link to blog posts covering a similar topic rather than recreate the wheel. Besides, they did a much better job than I could have after 36 hours of decompression.
There will be a lot of conversation coming out of Medtronic’s Diabetes Advocate Forum. Some of it about the event. Some about what we can do as a community moving forward. Others will take inspiration from a moment or quote and illustrate what all of this advocacy stuff means to them. I’ll compose my thoughts soon enough, but for now, here is an excellent list of posts to get you started.
I’ll be attending Medtronic’s Diabetes Advocates Forum for the next couple of days. They have paid for my flight, food, and lodging.
They have not, however, paid for my opinions on the event or my comments throughout.
They couldn’t afford me anyway.
I’ll be tweeting a lot over the couple of days using the hashtag #MedtronicDAF. Follow along, and let me know if you have any questions. There is an impressive level of access at this event considering the number of Vice Presidents, Directors, and other important Medtronic folks participating in the conversation.