I attended the MySentry focus group, but I'm not sure what to say about it. It was neat to see it in person - it's bigger than I thought it would be. I was picturing an alarm clock...it's more like an eight inch by eight inch box! Numbers are very easy to see, display is backlit which is nice. It will most likely not work with our current MM pumps...we will have to upgrade to the next level. I knew that already, but apparently some folks didn't, so there was a good bit of upset in the room especially from folks who just bought the MM pump.
Release date will be sometime in 2010 - that's all they could say. They couldn't say how much it would cost, but they figure insurance will not cover it. It will have battery backup but will definitely be AC powered, so it's not designed for portability. There are two pieces to it...the big display and then a smaller box, about the size of a pump, that has to be within a few feet of the person wearing the pump/CGMS. It's a transmitter box that transmits the signal from the CGMS receiver/transmitter to the MySentry display unit.
Bottom line...they supposedly haven't decided what they are going to charge for it, it's being submitted for FDA approval attached to the next-generation pump, insurance isn't going to cover it, and they anticipate its arrival sometime in 2010. Coverage should be sufficient for a 2300 square foot house (might have been 2600 - I can't remember exactly), but if you have a bigger house than that, you will need one on each floor or whatever to make up the difference. They are currently testing repeaters, that would send the signal from one box to the next to the next so that one monitor would still be enough.
Can't think of anything else at the moment, but ask me questions - I will see if I wrote down the answers or can remember them!!
FFL was awesome, of course...I'll post more about that later!
Jennifer D in NC
Mom to Jayden, 16, dx 12/28/07 T1D,
Omnipod/Dexcom and Afrezza