Looking at new technology

John Crowley
By John CrowleyCA Latest Reply 2010-08-24 12:34:17 -0500
Started 2010-07-23 16:55:25 -0500

I was reading this product review for the new "Ontrack Diabetes for Android" application.


kdroberts brought up something really insightful in his review. He said, "[The] time required to use it may not be worth the information you get out of it."

So if you were creating a wish list of some way to easily track your blood sugar/medication/diet, what would be on your wish list?

Would it need to be mobile?

Would it need to be able to show you graphs/charts of your numbers?

Would it need to have reminders (like "It's past meal time, did you forget to test?") ?

What would you want it to do? Or not do?

7 replies

GabbyPA 2010-07-24 11:09:50 -0500 Report

Man, these things make me feel old...I am so non-techno. I see I will be missing out on all of the new fun. It sounds incredible.

kdroberts 2010-07-23 20:25:21 -0500 Report

For me it will start to kick off when meters can sync using open bluetooth. If free, mobile software can import as much as possible from a meter or pump then you start to get accurate and useable data. Add in things like a food database that can track food and you get even more useful data. Lastly, it needs to be pre-set up as much as possible but allow customization, especially when running reports.

I have used ontrack more since I wrote the review and its a good piece of software but it takes a lot to input all blood sugar readings, food and medication in order to get good stuff from the available reports and graphs.

MAYS 2010-07-23 17:25:24 -0500 Report


The questions you have asked above are great, here are a few of my suggestions:

First and foremost, it must be user-friendly, if it's difficult to learn, or if entering your data is too complicated, it will defeat the purpose of it's use to many.

It should also be straight to the point, too many multiple steps to access the stored data will frustrate many users.

The ability to transfer data to a computer or laptop will be essential.

There has to be room for growth and upgrading the software easily.

If, or as, a mobile application it has to be available across multiple formats (Iphone, Android, etc.) to eliminate massive isolation.