Using Smart Pen Platform Data

What key data points are generated with smart pen technology to assist with clinical decision making?

Written By: ADCES staff with expert faculty. Developed in collaboration with Lilly Diabetes


Informing Insulin Management with Smart Pen Data

A smart pen is an insulin pen device that communicates with a mobile app to track insulin delivery, such as the timing and dose of insulin given.

Smart pen technologies include reusable insulin pens or smart cap/attachments that attach to a disposable, pre-filled, insulin pen.

Smart pen platforms provide people with diabetes personalized information and guidance through smart pen technology integration with an app that can capture blood glucose readings, insulin dosing data, and other behavior metrics such as physical activity and carbohydrate intake.


How can I use smart pen data with patients to determine next steps in insulin management?

First confirm the basics, independent of smart pen technology

  • Insulin is being stored correctly.
  • Insulin is not being used past recommended time at room temperature.
  • Injection sites are in the recommended areas, do not have lipohypertrophy and are rotated correctly.
  • Injection technique is correct.

Use the following information from the generated pen report to determine discussion items and potential next steps for patients with diabetes in your practice.


How can I empower my patients to use their data?

Use these tips for making informed decisions:

  • Look at trends in glucose patterns over three or more days.
  • Preventing hypoglycemia is the first priority.
  • Determine which insulin needs adjusting, long or rapid acting.
  • Make only one change at a time, and wait to see new trend over three or more days.

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