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Digital Technologies and Insulin Therapy: Could These Help Me Manage My Diabetes?

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Produced in collaboration with Joslin Diabetes Center.
Support for this patient education program was provided by Novo Nordisk Inc.

Dr. Richard Beaser, clinical pharmacy specialist, Dr. Diana Isaacs, and Davida Kruger, certified nurse practitioner in diabetes, present an educational program for those with insulin‐requiring diabetes mellitus, including type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as their caregivers and others involved in supporting diabetes care.

The 60-minute program also features three patient speakers and is broken into four short chapters:

  • Chapter 1: What is new in digital technology to help me use insulin to treat my diabetes?
  • Chapter 2: What are insulin smart pens and could they be useful to me?
  • Chapter 3: Could continuous glucose monitoring be right for me?
  • Chapter 4: Pumps: What do they do, and should I consider one?

During the program, you can learn how to:

  • Describe currently available and soon‐to‐be available digital technologies that may be considered to help manage diabetes with insulin
  • Identify ways that new digital technologies can help solve problems that may be met with insulin treatment programs, including the ease of self-administering insulin, providing improved information about blood glucose levels, and increasing the safety of, and control over glucose levels
  • Improve ability and confidence to discuss with diabetes care providers the potential usage, and utilization methods of new digital technologies


Richard S. Beaser, MD

Joslin Diabetes Center

Richard S. Beaser, M.D., is a practicing physician in the Joslin Clinic and holds the position of Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has also been the Medical Executive Director of Professional Education at Joslin and was instrumental in developing that activity at Joslin, a department he founded in 1990. Dr. Beaser graduated in 1973 from Trinity College, Hartford, and received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1977. He served as a resident in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester from 1977-1980. He was a fellow in endocrinology at the Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, MA 1980-81, and in Endocrinology at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Burlington, MA 1981-82. Dr. Beaser has been on the staff of the Joslin Diabetes Center since 1982. He has held numerous past positions at Joslin, including Section Chief of the Adult Diabetology Practice, Medical Director of the Diabetes Treatment Unit, Coordinator of the Patient Education Section, and Medical Director of Joslin TrialNet, a clinical trials network. He has been a clinical research investigator, including the landmark Diabetes Control and Complications Trial. Dr. Beaser has authored 4 books: Joslin Diabetes Manual, Outsmarting Diabetes, The Joslin Guide to Diabetes, and Joslin’s Diabetes Deskbook: A Guide for Primary Care Providers. Dr Beaser is a well-known national lecturer on clinical diabetes and its comorbidities. He is the author of numerous publications in peer review journals, review articles, and book chapters. In his role as Medical Executive Director of Professional Education at Joslin Diabetes Center, and currently as the Chair of the CME Committee, Dr. Beaser has a specific focus on development or oversight of educational content for the department, targeting physicians, other medical professionals, and patients. He leads departmental conceptualization and development of projects and activities.

Davida Kruger, MSN, APN-BC, BC-ADM

Nurse Practitioner

Davida F. Kruger, MSN, APN-BC, BC-ADM, has been a certified nurse practitioner in diabetes at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan, for more than 35 years. She has been a co-investigator on numerous studies of diabetes interventions and care, and lectures nationally on maximizing outcomes in diabetes and diabetes management. Ms Kruger has published more than 50 abstracts, articles, and chapters on diabetes management and authored the 2006 second edition of The Diabetes Travel Guide. She is a past chair of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Research Foundation and served on the ADA Research Policy Committee. Ms Kruger’s awards include the Florence Nightingale Award for Excellence in Research and ADA’s Rachmeil Levine Award for Distinguished Service.

Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, BCACP, CDCES

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Stephanie Odette


Stephanie lives in metro Detroit with her husband and beloved beagle, Holly. Stephanie has been a type 1 diabetic since she was 10 years old. After celebrating her 20 year Diaversary, she and her husband are looking forward to starting a family!

Jillian Rippolone


Jillian Rippolone was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 8 years old. She has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1997, alongside her brother, who was diagnosed one year prior. Jillian is a patient advocate and leader in the diabetes online community, spreading diabetes awareness and never letting diabetes stop her from living beyond type 1. Jillian has her bachelor’s degree in special education and social science and enjoys scuba diving in her free time.

Tausha Moore


Additional Resources



  • Joslin Diabetes Center