The Diabetik app is a way for patients with diabetes to  track and manage their disease.

The app was created so that users can input their own data including medications taken, meals, blood glucose, activity, etc.

The data can all be stored in one location.

The app also allows users to create nice visual graphics of their data making it easy to see their progress.

User Interface

When the user first opens the app, there is a short welcome screen that briefly describes the app. Once the main screen shows up, the user has the option of looking at the entries from the current day, the last week, or the last 2 weeks.

Information is also displayed by month and shows the average blood glucose levels, hours of activity, grams of food intake, and deviations in blood glucose levels.

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 The user can click on the “+” sign at the top right of the screen to add an event to the app. The events that can be added, as mentioned above, include medications, blood glucose readings, food intake, activity, and any notes.

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When adding an entry, the app also allows the user to include tags, photos, and locations.

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When looking at the data added for a certain time period, rotating the device provides a graphical representation of the data.

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A great feature of this app is the ability to add reminders. The Reminders section allows users to add reminders based on a date or time (and allows repeat reminders for the same event). The app also includes location reminders so that a notification will pop-up either when the user enters or leaves a location.

There are also rule-based reminders which remind the user about a specific task when they do things such as add an entry for a medication or activity. The multiple reminder approaches is a great way to help patients improve compliance and ensure they stay on top of their diabetes management.

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The app also has a section that allows users to search for items added by tags which can be useful. This feature can be used by patients to understand how certain life scenarios affect their diabetes management. The app also has the option of exporting the information into a PDF or CSV format and linking with Dropbox.

Price

  • Free

Likes

  • Very easy to use
  • Great reminders feature
  • Easy to organize diabetes information

Dislikes

  • Would be nice if the axis on the graphs could be modified
  • Also would be easier to use if more than one event could be added at once.
  • For example, if a user ate a meal and took medication at the same time, instead of making two separate entries, they could add them together.

 Patients that would benefit from the app

  • Patients with diabetes could potentially find this app useful.

 Conclusion

  • This app is a very useful and simple app for patients with diabetes to help them keep track of their diabetes. The app makes adding medications, glucose levels and food intake very easy and the reminder feature can help improve compliance.
  • Allowing users to visually understand their own management may help act as encouragement to continue working at or working harder at controlling their diabetes. No Android version available as of publish.

Type of Device used to review app–iPhone 5
Version of App–1.2

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Rating: (1 to 5 stars): 4/5

  1. User Interface: 4.5 – Very easy to use and navigate
  2. Multimedia usage: 3.5 – Has nice graphs to display information but the graphs cannot be modified to include relevant data ranges
  3. Price: 5 – Free
  4. Real world applicability: 4.5 – Can be used by patients with diabetes and may help improve compliance.

Disclaimer:
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.