What is diabetes software?
A combination of start-ups, open-source services, app developers and diabetes device companies have created various tools and apps that are commonly referred to as Diabetes Management Software. All have a different level of sophistication, but all are focused on some aspect of diabetes management, diabetes data presentation or diabetes devices. Diabetes software will often include data from pulled from glucose meters or logbooks – including diet and medication tracking – insulin pumps and pens. In some cases, glucose data stored in patient glucose meters is automatically synced with their complementary diabetes software. In other cases, it is manually entered by the patient or their care team.
Diabetes software can include aggregate and analytical views of diabetes data. These views include:
– Calendar views that display glucose trends and compare them to patient’s insulin intake.
– Modal day views that display glucose trends and compare them to insulin intake on the same day of the week over time.
– Listing of contextual and lifestyle data such as patient’s carb intake.
– Insulin data that includes pie charts showing the ratio of basal to bolus rates.
– General data tables that show average blood glucose rates bucketed into different time periods
– And more.
More advanced diabetes software applications can include predictive insights. These insights can provide patients with alerts regarding their propensity to experience hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia events under certain conditions.
Diabetes software from Glooko.
Glooko provides diabetes software in the form of a unified diabetes management platform, which has been designed for both patients and their healthcare providers. Glooko syncs with over 30 of the most popular blood glucose meters and will be adding the ability to sync with pumps and continuous glucose meters (CGMs) in the summer of 2015. Glooko correlates contextual lifestyle data, including medications, exercise, biometric and diet, with patient’s blood glucose data and provides users with insights to help them make better decisions. Glooko can remind patients to check their blood glucose levels, take medications and more. For caregivers, Glooko allows customization of flags that highlight at-risk patients at the individual and aggregate level.