So far, I have read about the following diabetes-related applications for the iPhone:
* DiaMedic (already mentioned in the discussion mentioned above)
* GlucoseCharter (also mentioned before)
I am curious if anyone has tried any of these and what your experience has been with them.
I have also read about them, but also haven't tried them.
I'm not likely to, either because they all require manual data entry. I have a meter, a pump and a CGM which all collect data that I can download and manipulate to my heart's content.
I don't have any need to have the data available on my iPhone, but if I did, I have other Apps I can use to view the reports I create from my Meter/Pump/CGM.
GlucoseCharter has a need food database to help with counting carbs, but for that I use Food IQ, which uses the USDA database - the same one I used to use on my Treo.
I think these Apps would be good for a gadget freak (me) who doesn't have a lot of other gadgets (not me) and doesn't like logging data in pen and paper (me) but wants to have the data available at all times (not me).
If my doctor used an iPhone, I might use one of these Apps to share data with her.
I have Diabeteslog on my iphone it's ok. I haven't used it much, it's free so I decided to download it. I think glucose charter is 4.99. I was thinking about blogging about the 3 diabetic apps but I have to get the other 2 and actually use them. I think manually entering numbers is what is killing me on using any one of them.
My meter, my pump, my CGM all have the data stored in them. But forget the pump and CGM, EVERYONE has a meter. With wireless technology, bluetooth, wi-fi, etc. it makes no sense to have this data stored in my meter if I have to manually enter it again into my iPod Touch, iPhone, PDA, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherryberry or whatever in order to make use of it.
Carb intake and insulin doses - okay, if you don't use a pump you'll have to do that manually. But the purpose of technology - one purpose of technology - is to make things EASIER to do, not to create duplicate effort.
Exactly... Lack of convenience. It all amounts to duplication and who wants to do that in ANY area of their lives. Many if not everyone carrys a cell phone. So instead of having to carry both, having the two combined in one unit eliminates cables and manual entries in log books.
do you really get troubled by entering at most three digits for your glucose value. Do you really want Bluetooth on your mobile phone and meter which will quickly drain your batteries on both devices? Only to transmit these three digits? Why should anybody choose to being bound to one meter manufacturer or an all in one solution?
For me the communication between meter and phone is happy engineering without true value. The most entries in the log are manual. We have done intense interface testing for Glucosurfer.org and convenience is not an issue here. The issue is to keep a current log whether manual or IT based. Most pumpers will not keep a log because they assume that the data logged by their devices is sufficient (actually it is not). Only some will do an analysis of this data every one or two months. But this is less effective because the reaction to negative developments is much to late.
For some there will always be a reason for not logging. Maybe it is all too much for some...
Its amazing with all the technology out there it is amazing to me that not all meters sync with computers/pdas/phones and that only one is embracing the bluetooth technology. I have read that the high prices of test strip was for R&D. OK, Show me the money?!?!?!?!?!?!?! I use the software for the onetouch meters and have looked at some software for all other meters and am very disappointed with these companies that make so much off of the test strips in the name of R&D and provide us with software that looks like its from windows 3.1 or an Apple IIe. You can buy a wireless bluetooth headset for about $30 but meters that download you still need to buy the cable and the software for another $30-$50 and then the application looks like it has not been touched in years and sadly it has.........I came looking for Iphone apps but I feel like I had to vent that some of the free and $4.99 apps for the Iphone do more than the software for most of our meters. Does anyone else see the problem here????
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