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Guest Post: Jennifer Shine Dyer, EndoGoddess.

PWD and PWCaPWD (Person who cares about people with diabetes)I can't remember where I first met Dr. Jennifer Shine Dyer, but I do remember immediately liking her.  Because she, like so many other medical professionals who decide to focus their talents on diabetes, really cares about people who are living with diabetes.  (Also, if you follow her on Twitter or add her on Facebook, you'll see that she's got her finger on the pulse of the DOC and fashion … which makes me wonder why she's not designing clothes that conceal insulin pumps … /digression)  Jennifer is an active participant in the diabetes-specific conversations taking place online, showing PWD and their caregivers that she's part of a new solution for people with diabetes, by way of her work in the medical app field. 

Today, Jennifer is guest posting about her medical app, EndoGoddess, and how people can support her efforts to improve health outcomes for people with diabetes. 

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In the past, people with diabetes have not been at the table to decide what new technologies and improvements should be funded…unless they happen to be a hospital executive, pharmaceutical executive, or health insurance executive. However, a new crowd-funding platform called MedStartr allows people with diabetes and those who love them to decide what new technologies they’d like to see further developed by voting with their donations. People with diabetes can even submit their own projects!

The launch on July 11th has received a lot of media attention and a lot of investors are excited to see what happens. If the projects are successful, it will not only mean that the projects for the new technology get done but it may also mean that investors will likely invest more than they would have in these projects because they know that people with diabetes want them and will use them. It’s a win for everybody!!

That is why my project, the EndoGoddess Diabetes App (and the only one in the diabetes category currently), is so important.  The EndoGoddess App is a self-entry glucose journal that not only keeps patients healthier, but also enables them to earn rewards for healthy behavior. As most diabetics know, checking their glucose four times a day and writing it down to give to their doctor and keep track of their sugar levels is a complete drag, but it is very important to avoid emergency trips to the ER or worse yet, hypoglycemic shock and the fainting spells it can cause, which can be extremely dangerous. Our Application not only automates this recording and communication process, it also lets patients earn rewards for their good sugar tracking. No more paper journals!

The project donation ends in late August so please consider donating before that, even just $1. You’re donating to a larger cause and to show that people with diabetes have a voice that should be heard!!!


You can find the EndoGoddess Diabetes App Project here (and you can also back the project, if you'd like).

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Jennifer Shine Dyer, MD, MPH, is a stylish pediatric endocrinologist, social media enthusiast (@EndoGoddess), app developer, and mobile health entrepreneur in Ohio looking to make health outcomes better for people living with diabetes. She blogs at EndoGoddess.  Thanks for sharing your project with us, Jen!

Comments

Am I the only person who finds it too fiddly and time consuming to record BG levels on an App? I have tried a few different ones, and the amount of effort involved in correctly recording the time , carbs and insulin into an App is too time consuming. Downloading from my meter to software is easier but much of the relevant detail is lost . Every time I end up reverting to my old pen & paper log book. Maybe it's different if on an insulin pump, but I am still on MDI.

I agree, Jackie. I'm MDI and also use a DexCom. I just keep a paper log of common foods I eat and how much insulin I needed to cover the food. I also make note of what my BS was at start of meal. It's nice for when I'm eating the same meal 2 weeks later. Just pull out the sheet and I know exactly what I need. I don't use a smartphone (don't want to pay for it).

I think it's a great concept, but most people have a hard time downloading their meters--something where they don't have to enter anything at all, just plug-n-play. I'd like to know what the "rewards" are to know what the advantage is over other tracking tools.

Kerri, what are those round stickers all over you?

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