The mySugr Diabetes Logbook app allows users to record their blood glucose levels throughout the day, and using these values it calculates an estimated HbA1c. It also allows you to record other information such as carbohydrate consumption, body weight, physical activity, blood pressure, ketones, and insulin doses. To be fun and entertaining, and encourage positive habits (such as recording your insulin dose), the app uses a 'monster friend' and a reward system.
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This app is useful as a log for recording blood glucose levels, activity, meals and carbohydrate amounts.
Easy to use and good visuals when looking back through previous day's data.
Enables quick entry of data.
The app is American-based but the units of measure for blood glucose and weight can be customised to the units used in New Zealand.
Cost to upgrade to Pro version which has functions like reminders.
The app is American-based — HbA1C is recorded in mmol/mol and not as %, which is the current NZ recommendations.
Date of this review: July 2016
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Reviewer: Isabel Raiman, Nurse Practitioner, Bay of Plenty District Health Board, July 2016 Clinical score: ★★★★☆ Review: "This app is useful as a log for recording blood glucose levels, activity, meals and carbohydrate amounts. It is easy to enter data, and store records in one place." Safety concerns: None. New Zealand relevance: ★★★☆☆ Comment:"The units of measure for blood glucose, and weight can be customised to the units used in New Zealand - blood glucose in mmol/L and weight in kilograms. HbA1C is recorded in mmol/mol and not as %, which is the current NZ recommendations."
The tech review relates to the technical aspects of the app, such as security, privacy, etc
Reviewer:Sara Jebreil, July 2016 Technical score: ★★★★☆ Review:
Security: This app requires login before use hence password protection is evident and therefore app is secure
Performance: Perfect/timely response; no technical bugs found/contains a ‘loading time left’ indicator
Impact of the app on battery life and device performance: Impact is minimal using an average of 17 MB of data over 3 hours.
Interactivity: Offers a variety of interactive features/feedback/user input options
Customisation: Allows complete tailoring to the individual’s characteristics/preferences, retains all settings
Data sharing: Yes, multiple options are available for data sharing such ad google drive Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter and email services
Multiple device syncing: Yes
Use of locations services such as GPS: Yes
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