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About Tidepool

Tidepool is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We were founded by people with diabetes, caregivers, and leading healthcare providers committed to helping all people with insulin-requiring diabetes safely achieve great outcomes through more accessible, actionable, and meaningful diabetes data.

We are committed to empowering the next generation of innovations in diabetes management. We harness the power of technology to provide intuitive software products that help people with diabetes.

Tidepool intends to deliver Loop as a customer-supported, FDA-regulated mobile app in the App Store.

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Our mission is to make diabetes data more accessible, actionable, and meaningful for people with diabetes, their care teams, and researchers.

Our commitment is, first and foremost, to the diabetes community

Many of us live with or care for someone with diabetes, and all of us are passionate advocates. We believe that together, our data is stronger and more meaningful. We're working to empower the next generation of diabetes innovation.

If you’d like to learn more about how Tidepool may work for you, please contact us, and a member of our team will help you find the best solution.

Our values
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People with diabetes own their diabetes data. Period.

We provide you with intuitive, well-designed tools to access your data, and beyond that, you're in complete control of your data.

You control how much you share and who you share it with. You're also in control of the impact your data has on the rest of the diabetes world by, for example, donating your data anonymously for researchers, device makers, and innovators to use in research.

Always put people with diabetes first.

Our software is designed for clinicians and people impacted by diabetes. We have chosen to be a nonprofit organization so that we can always prioritize the needs of the diabetes community over profit-maximizing investors.

Operate with openness and transparency.

We value openness and transparency with our users, supporters, and team. Our code and designs are open source — our employee handbook is, too. You can always see what we’re working on to improve the diabetes community’s relationship with their data.

Engage with regulators and help improve regulations.

We operate in a highly regulated space, including FDA (Food and Drug Administration), HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), and other regulations. We interpret regulations in a way that is best for the safety of people with diabetes and the efficacy of the products we deliver. We engage early and often with regulators, and work with them to embrace modern software development techniques and processes.

Start small and iterate quickly.

We believe that the best path to safety, efficacy, usability, and functionality is to start small and then iterate. We often deliver a Minimum Viable Product and iterate and update based on feedback from real users in the real world.

Embrace the unknown.

As a company, we realize that we won't have all of the answers. We believe in listening to our users and making changes based on their feedback.

We also make the underlying platform of our software available to other developers and innovators, and allow our users to access their data through other applications and services of their choice.

Fight the default of exclusion.

Inequality and exclusion are the defaults of software development and medical device industries. Without intentional effort to address barriers to access, we inherit those failings and worsen the problem.

Building a diverse team is a moral imperative, and we build a better business and product by bringing different perspectives to the table. We continue to look to build a team of diverse voices because they are the only ones that help us grow.

“As humans, we have a responsibility to make an impact on the broadest, most equitable scale possible. ”

- Howard Look, Tidepool CEO and Founder

Our work

Being an open source project provides a level of transparency that keeps us accountable to the diabetes community and the broader healthcare industry. This means everything about how we work — our code, our regulatory quality system, and our project and product management tools — are all open to the public.

Our support

Tidepool receives support from foundations like JDRF, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. We also rely on individual donors who give at all levels.

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Big data donation

The revenue we generate from dataset licensing and our Software as a Service (SaaS) model for researchers and diabetes innovators, allows us to provide software to people living with diabetes and their care teams. By securely donating anonymized diabetes device data through the Tidepool Big Data Donation Project, people with diabetes can help financially support Tidepool and other nonprofit diabetes organizations.

Donated diabetes datasets can be licensed by device makers, industry innovators, and academic researchers, driving research and innovation. We’re excited to share how our partners are using and learning from this data.

Our team

Tidepool is made up of engineers, designers, communicators, data liberators, privacy protectors, and big dreamers. Most importantly, we are passionate diabetes advocates.