Tech talk: Patient hackers update devices

Frustrated with waiting for a better way to monitor his diabetes, a UK IT specialist is making waves by hacking existing medical devices to make them ‘smarter’.

London-based consultant Tim Omer has type 1 diabetes. He recently posted instructions, complete with images, on his blog detailing how to transform standard blood glucose monitoring devices into apps that can communicate with smartphones and smartwatches.

Mr Omer has also fashioned an old continuous glucose monitor (CGM) purchased from the internet into a device that communicates with