Case study: Type 1 diabetes
People with Type 1 diabetes are continuously having to self-monitor; in addition to tracking their blood glucose and insulin levels throughout the day, they also have to keep an eye on exactly what and how much they eat, and how much activity they’re getting. While there are now apps to track help people track blood glucose levels and activity, there wasn’t a simple way to integrate these disparate data streams to provide a cohesive view of a patient’s health.
For the 2012 mHealth Summit, Open mHealth partnered with Alex Freeman; a 24 year old pediatric nurse with Type 1 diabetes, and her doctor Dr. Saleh Adi. We built an integrated system that enabled data from different devices and apps to be brought together in a single interface, and allow Alex and Dr. Adi to better understand and manage the condition together. We partnered with the following apps and devices on the project:
- Entra Health Systems
- A&D Scale
- Qualcomm Life’s 2Net Hub
- PAM (Photographic Affect Meter)
- GreenDot Diabetes (now TidePool)
Using the Open mHealth platform, data from the above apps and devices was uploaded and integrated into Ohmage; an Open mHealth compliant, cloud-based data storage app. Data was then pulled from Ohmage into two visualization tools:
- ‘My Comparisons’ – a mobile, patient-facing data comparison tool
- ‘blip’ – a web-based, clinician-facing application built by GreenDot Diabetes
Through an integrated view of Alex’s health, both Alex and Dr. Adi were able to gain new insights, share increased accountability and sensitivity to hypoglycemic symptoms, and increase Alex’s sense of safety.