My Diabetes App Wishlist.
After a long day of diabetes rule-following and making an attempt to log all of my actions [insert laugh track here], I started drumming up another diabetes application wishlist. Because I’m beyond tired of having five different devices that speak entirely different languages/require different charging cords/can’t work on the operating system I use/hate the idea of integration.
I’m in wicked curmudgeon mode today. But stay on my lawn for a few more minutes, because I have a list, a la Veruca Salt.
I want a diabetes application:
- … that auto-magically siphons the results from my glucose meter and logs them in a lovely, color-coded graph and logbook on my phone and on my computer.
- Yes, I want my data on my phone and my computer, because while my phone is with me constantly and is good for everyday spot-checking, I like having the bulk of my data stored on my computer so I can see a week at a glance, a month at a glance, and a clue as to what my A1C might be at a glance.
- I want to be able to email all of this data as a PDF (because Excel and I have a less than harmonious relationship) to my healthcare professional and whoever else I choose. Or I can print it and put it into a blood sugar binder that I do not currently have but would have if my logbooks were this easy to compile.
- And then, the data from my pump should just as easily be pulled off and graphed neatly alongside the data of my glucose meter. Insulin doses plotted alongside blood sugar checks, with the option to add a smiley face when I fucking well feel like it because some days deserve a big, fat smiley face.
- (Frowny faces and other emoticons would be a nice bonus, to add in accordance with my whims, as emoticons are sometimes the only recourse I have against a day that’s been truly and mind-bogglingly ridiculous in those ways only diabetes can be.)
- It should go without saying, but I’ll say it: the data from my Dexcom should follow the same sharing and integration platform, living in logbook and pie chart harmony with my glucose meter and insulin pump. And all of that data should be visible on all operating systems EVEN A MAC HOW ‘BOUT THAT?!
- I want to be able to look at this data in several different ways: at-a-glance, where I can see how my day is going (similar to the One Touch Reveal app); how a week looks, where I can see data broken into high-level pie charts, detailed logbooks, and a bunch of in-between options; and what I’d call an A1C level-glance, which would give me data (detailed and high-level) about how all of my numbers have tracked over the course of three months.
- All of this data should move from my devices to the application without needing to cobble together proprietary cables. Bluetooth is fine. Cloud is fine. Bluetooth cloud with a side of hazelnut iced coffee would be ideal.
- Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if the application also synced up with my FitBit (or Shine or whatever other fitness tracker is the thing in use these days) so that I could see how exercise plots against blood sugar checks or insulin doses? Yes, yes it would.
- Another excellent detail would be if the application, upon access the diabetes devices, would confirm that each device is synced up with the right time zone. So when I travel and the clock on my phone is updated, so are my devices.
- And lastly, NO DONGLES. I can’t handle that word. It’s too silly.
I know this kind of application isn’t flashy enough, and doesn’t benefit each respective company enough to actually work together and create something cohesive and workable, with an easy data flow and an even easier user interface, but whatever. A girl can dream, right?