A while back, we had a discussion topic on the best iPhone Diabetes Apps:
http://www.tudiabetes.org/forum/topics/iphone-diabetes-applications
(a while back as in late 2008, which is FOREVER ago in technology terms)

Since then, tons more apps have been developed (and improved upon) for the iPhone and also Google launched the Android operating system that has been growing like crazy in terms of adoption.

My questions to you are:
  1. Do you use any mobile phone apps to log your BG or other diabetes related info?
  2. If so which ones have you looked at (free/paid)?
  3. What are your favorite features about each and what would you hope to see them do better?

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Manny - I'm new to tudiabetes and I just posted a question about apps. I'm looking into the LIVESTRONG MyPlate D for a blackberry. In general, what do you think about dees apps?! Looking over the old discussion, it seemed more people didn't like the hassle of entering data . . . hmm.
Definitely manual data-entry is a big pain/limitation. I am hopeful that 2011 will signal the year that wireless (automatic) data-entry will become the norm and not the exception!
I have an Android phone (LG Ally). I'm currently using OnTrack for Diabetes which allows me to log blood glucose, blood pressure, pulse, weight, medications, food (carbs only), and (loosely) exercise. It's all manual, but it does export to .csv so I can send a file to the doctor's office, and on-device it will analyze blood glucose (by range, by time of day, and chronologically) and it will track weight, blood pressure, pulse, and carbs. Unfortunately it will not correlate any of these to the others, but hey -- it's a free app and easy to use.

The Livestrong app for Android was pulled from the market for reworking shortly after I got my Ally, and I haven't checked to see if it's been added back or not. Unlike MapMy, which includes the mobile apps free for premium (paid) members, Livestrong charges separately -- so I've not been all that motivated to search for it again.
I have tried a couple different apps for my iPhone - WaveSense. I downloaded insulin DM2 just to see what it was too. My big thing is having to manually enter data. I used to go looking online for apps for Diabetes weekly, but after most of them seemed to require manual entry, I've stopped. It seems to be a big deal breaker for me.

Of course I have a One Touch and have the cord and program to import the information in... so I like that more than anything.

My doctor has an iPhone. If there was some program that would be an easy way for me to import my numbers from my One Touch program to it so I could send them to him, I'd be super happy. I am always forgetting to print them off before I go in.
The problem is that glucose alone is really worthless information. You need to have all the information at hand that is influencing your numbers: at least time and date, blood glucose, activity level, carbs, rapid and basal insulin, a note field. The communication between OneTouch and iPhone would just give you the blood glucose. At maximum the efford to enter this data is to type two to three digits. The rest of the information has to be entered manually anyway. For this little convenience you need software that is supporting the OneTouch and wireless communication between the devices which will drain the batteries. In contrast to keeping a manual log book the digital information can be analysed so you are rewarded for your effords.
Might I point out that the information from the OneTouch UltraSmart includes date/timestamps, glucose, and if you bother to enter them, your insulin (and other drug usage), dietary and exercise information. The only thing, entering the extra information on the OneTouch is a bit annoying, unless you are always using the same insulin dosages at the same time segment of the day. (in that case, it's just the first time through that's the pain)

Wireless doesn't need to be a big battery drain, your phone already uses it! Unfortunately, the only meters I know that do it are the Roche ones, and they use infrared instead of Bluetooth. IR is a lot slower, and more power hungry than Bluetooth, and newer phones are dropping IR for Bluetooth.
I just got a smart phone yesterday and am interested in looking into this. I find the data entry part of it tedious but I think I could perhaps improve things a bit were I to do it. Perhaps the new phone will get me going on it? I can get pretty accurate calories burnt info from this Garmin GPS gizmo I use running so it's not inconceiveable, it's just like 'well, I'll start and miss one and throw the accuracy of my #s off and oh well, fuhgeddaboudit"

It would be nice if the medical industry would realize the utility of their data and agree on a standard format that would allow software people to take analysis to the next level. I guess the other reason I have blown it off is that the software sort of takes you to the edge of the cliff but doesn't say 'decrease your ____ by ___% and report back tomorrow'
Glucose buddy for food and activity, the Medtronics site to upload and export then pump and meter data, then I combine it to send to the cde and doctors - too many steps!<. I would love t be able to export all of the this to one site and then reference that t the cde, but have not yet found that...

(this is using a Mac and an iPad)
You know part of the problem with D apps is still the FDA.... the Ipod/iphone is not an approved software platform...
And I seriously doubt it will ever be...Hence why your not seeing much for ipods that *doesnt* consist of using the ipod as a data viewing device or has layers of Use at your own risk disclaimers... Its also why the alleged meter from Agamatrix doesnt do more when plugged into a ipod.. and basically runs on the attachment... using the ipod as a data viewing device..

I appreciate them trying to protect people from themselves but most of us already realize everything we do for diabetes has some risk and i think its gotten to the point of stifiling creative and integrated solutions that would make life easier for us. So much stuff is in limbo these days... Nothing really new or inventive has come out in the US in the past few years and its already avalible elsewhere.
You make some very good points, Jake! Any apps available elsewhere you would like to see becoming available in the US soon?
Just wondering, what devices are approved software platforms? The only possibility that comes to mind are the PalmOS Treos, since Roche has Pocket Compass available for them. If you use their pump, you can get Version 4, otherwise Roche Canada had version 1.07 available for some PalmOS devices made before 2000 . (They don't seem to understand that software gets out of date almost as fast as test strips!)

Similarly, do they have to approve desktop systems too?
They have to approve the version of the software at least on Windows machines, not necessarily the platform .. Why do you think most D apps are still running on Windows XP and aren't supposed to install to higher versions of Windows.... Fortunately the approved updates for software for Windows 7 are starting to trickle out... I know Roche has gotten an approval and released a Windows 7 compatible version of Accu Chek 360 along with a firmware update to the SmartPix device reader... Ditto for Animas if i heard the rep correctly...

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