OUR JOURNEY TOGETHER

LETTER FROM THE MEDTRONIC DIABETES CMO

OUR JOURNEY TOGETHER:

HELPING YOUR PATIENTS LIVE WITH OPTIMAL DIABETES CARE

BY FRANCINE RATNER KAUFMAN, MD

OUR JOURNEY TOGETHER: HELPING YOUR PATIENTS LIVE WITH OPTIMAL DIABETES CARE Welcome to In the Know, Medtronic Diabetes and Bayer HealthCare’s eNewsletter created especially for diabetes educators. The mission of In the Know is to partner with educators and product trainers to help all of our mutual patients achieve optimal outcomes.

As educators, you are on the front lines every day, assessing, teaching, managing, and supporting patients. So you know first-hand that diabetes control is a lifelong journey—not a destination. My colleagues and I are honored to travel that road with you to support you and your patients.

A NEWSLETTER LED BY EDUCATOR THOUGHT LEADERS

It was very important to us that In the Know not only be written by and for educators, but that it also be led by diabetes educator guest editors and Advisory Board members with deep experience and a passion for what they do. We are very pleased to introduce Laurel Messer, RN, MPH, CDE, as In the Know’s first guest editor and a member of our Advisory Board.

Laurel, an accomplished diabetes educator and clinical research nurse at The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Aurora, Colo., works with pediatric and adult patients and has conducted extensive research in type 1 diabetes, insulin pump therapy, the use of CGM and artificial pancreas device systems, and more. She also has contributed significantly to the popular Pink Panther books for pediatric patient education. To learn more about Laurel and her goals, please read her Editor’s Note and full bio below.

Joining Laurel on In the Know’s Advisory Board are esteemed colleagues from varied areas of diabetes education, who each bring extensive experience and valuable perspectives to their roles.

ACCOMPLISHING MORE TOGETHER

The goal of In the Know is to give you the tools and practical, actionable advice and information that you need to maximize your patients’ use of the technological advances that we offer.

We are focused not only on providing you with engaging educational content but also on fostering the exchange of information—and we can always accomplish more together.

BY YOUR SIDE, EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

At Medtronic and Bayer, our responsibility to you and your patients doesn’t end—it begins—with the initiation of pump therapy. We promise that we will be here to support you and your patients if they encounter challenges on that lifelong journey to control their disease. Likewise, we like to think of your patients’ successes as our successes too—and we are proud to celebrate right along with you.

My colleagues and I are motivated each and every day by a common vision we share with you—a world in which the burden of diabetes is reduced, and where the patients we serve are healthy and well. We remain committed to ongoing innovation as we work to deliver on the next steps in artificial pancreas technology. In the Know is a tool to help keep us all connected as we work toward our common goals—together.

Francine Ratner Kaufman, MD, is Chief Medical Officer and VP of Global Clinical, Medical and Health Affairs at Medtronic Diabetes in Northridge, Calif.; a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Pediatrics and Communications at the Keck School of Medicine and the Annenberg School of Communications of the University of Southern California; and an attending physician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Kaufman has published more than 220 peer-reviewed and invited publications and is the author of more than 40 books or book chapters. In 2012, she authored the Insulin Pump and Glucose Sensor Book for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and edited the 6th edition of the ADA’s Medical Management of Type 1 Diabetes. In 2005, her book Diabesity was published by Bantam. Dr. Kaufman was chair of the National Institutes of Health-funded Studies to Treat (the TODAY Trial) or Prevent (the HEALTHY Trial) Type 2 Diabetes in Youth (STOPP-T2). Dr. Kaufman has served as president of the American Diabetes Association (2002-03), chair of the National Diabetes Education Program, and chair of the Youth Consultative Section of the International Diabetes Federation. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and served on the Advisory Council of the NIDDK branch of the NIH. Dr. Kaufman received her Doctorate of Medicine from Chicago Medical School, Chicago, Ill., where she was valedictorian. She completed her internship (Pediatrics), residency (Pediatrics), and fellowship (Pediatric Endocrinology) at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.