Anna Qunlan’s Raspberry Pi powered smart insulin pump gained her the Congressional App Challenge Award. Via Almanac News:
Anna Quinlan, a senior at Menlo-Atherton High School, won the 2018 18th Congressional District’s App Challenge for an insulin pump app she created, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, announced on Dec. 3.
Anna’s “A Smarter Insulin Pump” application runs on a small computer, called a Raspberry Pi, and helps diabetics maintain normal blood glucose (or sugar) levels. Although similar products are on the market, her app connects to a pump and is lower in cost ($40 versus $6,000 to $10,000 for alternatives), Anna said. Users can control the pump using their phones.
Anna’s pump automatically dispenses insulin in response to blood sugar changes, as opposed to current pumps on the market, which require diabetics to manually change pump settings multiple times a day. The app sends a text message when a user’s blood glucose levels require intervention and tells the user the amount of carbohydrates he or she needs to eat to get levels back to normal, she said. The app also allows users to record what they eat.
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