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Three Digital Services in Diabetes

When I wrote about why diabetes management is facing extraordinary times, I included digital services. I recently came across some new services I haven’t heard about and thought I would share them with you. Hopefully, patients managing diabetes will find them useful.

1) VoyageMD: It helps diabetes patients who need to travel. Created by Professor David Kerr, it provides the latest information on all aspects of travel and diabetes including reviews on places to stay; travel itineraries and checklists; travel product reviews and airport procedures.

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2) ExCarbs: It was designed to help people with diabetes using insulin to feel comfortable with taking up exercise.

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3) diasend: It is a standalone system for easy uploading of information from most glucose meters, insulin pumps, CGMs and mobile apps. It also users to choose to link to various activity tracker systems including Fitbit, Up by Jawbone, Nike+ FuelBand, Moves and Runkeeper.

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Please let me know if you come across others.

The Bionic Pancreas Might Not Be Far

For years, we have been talking about the possibility of improving the lives of diabetes patients with technology. A few weeks ago, I shared 8 reasons why we face extraordinary times in diabetes. Now The Smithsonian Magazine published a story about a device that tracks blood sugar and automatically administers insulin and glucagon when needed. Just like how the pancreas does.

Imagine seeing your bionic pancreas in action on your smartphone. We might not be far from this. Check out this story.

The Future of Diabetes Management: 8 Reasons Why We Face Extraordinary Times!

Around 400 million patients have diabetes worldwide according to estimations. And over the last few years, diabetes management has been improving but due to the new technologies and devices coming to the market very soon, the whole management of diabetes will significantly change in the coming years. Let me show you some examples how.

Digital Contact Lenses

Google has an augmented reality glass called the Google Glass which they just stopped developing, but they also patented a digital contact lens through which we can get more information from the digital world plus it can measure blood glucose levels from tears as an added benefit. Google launched a partnership with the pharmaceutical company Novartis to develop these smart contact lenses that can track diabetes and fix farsightedness as well.

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Gamification

There are amazing applications for smartphones that can help you manage diabetes efficiently. MySugr, an Austrian company, released several applications that can add a little bit of gamification to the traditional diabetes management apps. The company also developed the mySugr Junior App designed for kids to learn how to manage diabetes properly. It also enables parents to keep control over the therapy when they are not around the kid. The app looks like a game in which the children get points for every entry and the goal is to score a particular amount of points every single day.

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Patient empowerment with big data

Databetes helps patients better manage their diabetes by providing a good way for logging and measuring data, as well as a revolutionary concept to analyze the big data behind one person’s disease. Patients can support each other through social media channels and become coaches for each other. Look at sixuntilme.com for best practice examples.

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Bionic pancreas

There is artificial pancreas which means that it’s a closed-loop insulin delivery system. The device can measure blood glucose levels constantly and decide upon the insulin delivery itself. Engineers from Boston University have developed a bionic pancreas system that uses continuous glucose monitoring along with subcutaneous delivery of both rapid-acting insulin and glucagon as directed by a computer algorithm.

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Food scanners

TellSpec, a Canadian company is coming up with a food scanner this year which by scanning your food can tell you how many and what kind of ingredients, how many allergens, toxins, how many carbohydrates you actually have in the food you are about to eat.

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Pocket-sized gadgets

When you live with diabetes, you get used to carting around with plenty of things such as meters, test strips, lancing devices, and so on therefore a pocket-sized gadget can change this called Dario that also comes with a diabetes management system.

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Wireless monitors

The medical company Abbott just released a FreeStyle Libre system which makes it possible to constantly measure blood glucose levels in a wireless way.

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Digital tattoos

Here is a digital tattoo that can measure glucose levels by using electric current to attract glucose to the surface of the skin. The proof-of-concept study was just published and it’s time to bring the era of wireless diabetes management to patients.

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So there are more and more technologies that can help people manage diabetes properly besides potentially future therapies such as new drugs or islet cell transplantation but it’s really time to manage diabetes in a gamified and comfortable way and I believe that the best gadgets and the best technological solutions are just yet to come.

Please share your experience and thoughts on this!

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Why Is Measuring Data About Your Condition Worth It?

This is not a new story but I’m always fascinated when I read it again and again. Doug Kanter measured data about his life, his condition, blood sugar levels and every details that could have been relevant.

Later, he published his findings and what he learnt during the process. Amazing read and a perfect proof for those against measuring health data as patients that this can lead to better health and disease management. After some time, he realized that his average blood sugar levels became lower due to self-management.

Doug released a service, Databetes, to help other patients with diabetes better manage their condition.

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Webicina.com: New Design, New Mission

Webicina.com is my service that aims to help medical professionals and patients enter the web 2.0 era by providing them with e-courses, consulting and personalized packages.

Now we created a new design in order to help patients and doctors where find the content they are really interested in.

Webicina.com main page

Webicina.com main page

If you are a patient and looking for reliable health information and web 2.0 tools focusing on your medical condition, we built packages for you. Check out the Diabetes 2.0, Depression 2.0 packages and stay tuned for the next one, Cancer 2.0 that will be launched this Sunday.

Webicina.com Patients' Page

Webicina.com Patients' Page

If you are a medical professional, you can check the services we can provide you with, follow the latest medical news with PeRSSonalized Medicine and we will also make our medical personalized Web 2.0 Guidance Packages public next week. The first topic is rheumatology.

Webicina.com Medical Professionals' Page

Webicina.com Medical Professionals' Page

We have many plans for the near future. Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates about the improvements.

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Webicina Poll: Which Web 2.0 Guidance Package Next?

Webicina.com is my service that aims to help medical professionals and patients enter the web 2.0 era by providing them with e-courses, consulting and personalized packages.

A few days ago, we released the first free medical web 2.0 guidance package focusing on diabetes. As this is meant to be a collaborative effort where we are totally open to your suggestions, we would like to ask you to decide which medical condition to focus on next.

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24 Hours with Diabetes

Kerri Morrone Sparling at Sixuntilme.com shared her normal day with us in her post 24 Hours with Diabetes. Such posts can help other diabetic patients around the world so much.

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Kerri sent me a lot of useful suggestions when creating the first Diabetes 2.0 package on Webicina.

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