Archive for the ‘Health Care’ Category

Review: Glucose Buddy (iOS App)

January 25, 2016 1 comment
Prepare to Tap!

Prepare to Tap!

App Name: Glucose Buddy

Version: 3.7.0

Developer: Azumio

Date Updated: October 12, 2012

Cost: Free; up to $13.99 for additional features

Overall Score/Value: D+

A part of the ongoing review of diabetic glucose applications for iOS/iPhone.

Executive Summary

Tap. Tap. Tap. Tap. An all-around painful experience with useless charting capabilities, whose only saving grace is the tight integration with a more-capable (but still limited) companion website. Read more…


Review: mySugr (iOS App)

January 25, 2016 1 comment


App Name: mySugr

Version: 3.9.0 (Current version 3.10.0)

Developer: mySugr GmbH

Cost:  Free, in-app purchase for full version $2.99/month, $27.99/year, $139.99/lifetime

Overall Score/Value: B+

A part of the ongoing review of diabetic glucose applications for iOS/iPhone.

Executive Summary

The ease of entry for this diabetic logbook app pushes it to the current winner’s circle as the least onerous utility for the job, but weaknesses in import/export and charting plus an outrageously high cost severely detract from its appeal. [Note: The evaluation period for this app concluded the day the next version was released]

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Rant: Diabetic Insulin Pumps, A Giant Leap Backwards

December 18, 2015 3 comments

no-deliveryI’m a diabetic. Unlike some people who seem to take great pleasure in identifying themselves and building personal brands as diabetics, I don’t like talking about my diabetes. For more than 30 years I’ve worked hard to minimize others’ association between myself and the disease, hopefully with a modicum of success.

I’m going to step outside myself this once to indulge in a rant about the state of diabetic care when it comes to pump therapy. This may come off as too long, too angry, and too frustrated to many people, so let me get the too-long/didn’t-read out of the way first (allow me to adjust my tinfoil hat for the moment):

TL;DR: Companies who create diabetic therapy devices and treatments do not want diabetics to get healthy or, especially, find a cure. They want to create long-term dependencies and actively make treatment more difficult over time to ensure that outcome benefits them, not the patients.

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FCoE Killer Sweet Spot: Health Care?

February 6, 2010 1 comment

Recently I was talking to some health care people about what it is that I do, and tried to put it into context that they would understand. The more I started to weave the fabric (pun intended) of what FCoE is and what it could mean in health care terms. The more I spoke the more their heads nodded and agreed. It got me thinking: could hospitals and healthcare really be the sweet spot for FCoE adoption? Read more…

A Visit to the UK Doctor, Pt: II: My Eyes! My Eyes!

December 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Okay, the first note was a little anecdote, intended to be amusing (which it was, after everything was all said and done). This next one… not so much. Read more…

A Visit to the UK Doctor, pt. 1 (of 2)

December 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Some people have been asking about anecdotes about going to the NHS in England. This is what happened when I first got to the UK and had been there for 2 months (Date: May, 2006): Read more…

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