Smart phones, tablets, Google Glass…technology is increasingly touching almost every aspect of our lives – including our health. In fact, 83% of Canadian households have access to the internet.1
We sometimes bemoan ‘technology overload’, but there can be many benefits when it comes to managing our health, from tracking how many steps we’ve walked to measuring our blood pressure at any given moment. Technology plays an especially important role in managing chronic conditions, like diabetes, where regular monitoring is key.
Many digital tools, such as apps and web portals, are available to help people manage their diabetes. For example, there’s the OneTouch Reveal® mobile app, which connects wirelessly with the OneTouch Verio Flex™ meter. The mobile app automatically tracks your data and highlights patterns to help you manage your diabetes – in the moment and over time.
If you’re deciding if an app is right for you, consider these features of digital health tools and whether they may be beneficial in your day-to-day diabetes management.
Features of digital health tools for diabetes management:
- Monitors results for you.Many digital tools analyze data to uncover trends versus reviewing your logbook to spot them yourself.
- On-the-go tracking.By looking at historical data, you can see how an action impacted your blood glucose (e.g., a bigger than average meal).
- Share and collaborate.Instant sharing of your results with your healthcare team via email can help inform their decisions around your diabetes management plan.
- Motivates you.Let’s face it, apps can be pretty cool! With your data available at any time with colourful, easy to understand visuals, you may be drawn to check it more often than your logbook.
- On your time.Whenever you have a bit of time to spare, you can check your results wherever you are on your mobile device. This on-the-go convenience can help reinforce consistent, regular monitoring of your blood glucose, eating habits, etc.
- Empowerment. Knowledge is power! By being more informed about your diabetes on a day-to-day basis, you take a more active role in your own health.
Technology isn’t a requirement for good diabetes management and doesn’t replace advice from your healthcare team. But technology, such as apps, can make diabetes management a bit easier and more personalized.
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1Statistics Canada, 2012. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/131126/dq131126d-eng.htm. Accessed September 15, 2016.