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  1. Diabetty
    Diabetty October 13, 2011 at 6:33 am | | Reply

    Not yet…but I’m working on it:

    As a Type II who uses oral meds and diet/exercise, my needs are a little different than the target audiences for most existing apps, I think. Now I just need to learn how to develop software…

  2. Kathy
    Kathy October 13, 2011 at 6:44 am | | Reply

    Hope there will be Windows Phone versions – not everyone has Androids or iPhones ;)

  3. Jana
    Jana October 13, 2011 at 6:44 am | | Reply

    Thanks for this summary! I can’t believe how many apps lack what I’d consider absolutely necessary features–backdating entries, insulin in decimal increments, easy and fast logging and navigation, etc.

  4. Bennet
    Bennet October 13, 2011 at 6:49 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the round up of Apps. This is exactly the kind of innovation that Mobile can offer to D care. Also this kind of review is how markets can help such sort out the most productive apps.

    These are also the kinds of things that we as a community can point to and say ‘Hey We Want That Stuff!” to the FDA. The current docket on mobile medical apps has the potential to stop this kind of innovation before it gets started.

    Pages 13 define examples of mobile apps the FDA considers subject to regulation. Specifically on page 14, “Mobile apps that allow the user to input patient-speciffic information and – using formulae or processing algorithms – output a patient-specific result, diagnosis or treatment recommendation…”

    The preceding paragraph specifically mention glucose monitors.

    You can read the Draft here:

    or you can read my blog post about it here:

    You can comment here:!submitComment;D=FDA-2011-D-0530-0002

  5. Luke Galea
    Luke Galea October 13, 2011 at 8:10 am | | Reply

    Kathy: D Sharp works on windows phones and blackberrys too. You should give it a try!

  6. Luke Galea
    Luke Galea October 13, 2011 at 8:13 am | | Reply

    Kathy: D Sharp works on Windows Phones (as well as Android, iPhone/iPad, Desktops, etc).

  7. Sophie
    Sophie October 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm | | Reply

    I could not find any of the free apps on the android marketplace… :(

  8. Imam
    Imam October 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm | | Reply

    is it free? wow it’s so cool. So usefull application.

  9. Rachel
    Rachel October 14, 2011 at 9:14 am | | Reply

    I’ve been using the app log frog and I love it. It’s sort of expensive (4.99 I think), but it’s so worth it. They’ve already improved it several times since I’ve had it- in the case of apps I really think you get what you pay for.
    It has an intuitive user interface that’s actually fun to use, and it generates helpful graphs- you just turn the phone and it appears. Highly recommend it!

  10. Barbara
    Barbara October 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm | | Reply

    I’ve been using Glucose Buddy and like it very much.

  11. Evan
    Evan October 16, 2011 at 12:41 am | | Reply

    I have been a beta tester for Massive Health’s ( new D app, “Penguine” ( and I have been fairly impressed. I’m sorry, but the people at Massive Health put everyone else in the D app field to shame when it comes to tech and design. With co-founders hailing from senior positions at Mozilla (think Firefox), these guys know what they’re doing, and they do it well.

    The only thing they might be lacking in comparison to the other offerings is their understanding of life as a PWD. But again, this is a beta version, so it will only improve with time.

    1. Robert
      Robert December 23, 2011 at 6:25 am | | Reply

      So Evan, MassiveHealth puts everyone in this field “to shame”, yet you state they are “lacking” in “their understanding of life as a PWD”? And it will only “improve with time”? Which is it then?

      The trouble with Silicon Valley startups flush with VC cash is that they are looking for a quick win. MassiveHealth is all about “The Eatery” now, which has a much better chance of mainstream adoption. They need to show their funders a quick results and I’m sure all of their resources are going into “The Eatery” and not Penguin. Penguin requires to much work and has too small an audience for them to see it through. Watch them pivot soon.

      Building a solid diabetes app is hard work and requires the tenacity of keeping at the details, not just producing a flashy demo.

  12. Sandi
    Sandi October 19, 2011 at 8:11 am | | Reply

    I use On Track. It’s great – has all the features and it’s free. It also includes backup and export options, so I won’t loose data if my phone dies. Only thing I wish it had is a way to enter data online as well as on the phone.

  13. Sandi
    Sandi October 19, 2011 at 8:13 am | | Reply

    Sophie, Type in search term “diabetes” and you’ll find lots of these apps.

  14. Erin
    Erin October 19, 2011 at 3:58 pm | | Reply

    The tracking function is fine. There needs to be a behavioral modification tool involved with all of these to entice people to want to check & track & log. Without those types of features, longterm it’s not sustainable unless you’re extremely type A in your management anyways. Best scenario: links you BG tester with your pump (if you have one) wirelessly so you don’t have to input anything anyways…but, alas, we have an FDA…

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  16. Kay
    Kay January 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm | | Reply

    I have tried manual logging into Iphone applications and can’t manage it. Since my meter records my results and has the ability to dump out data I started looking for a tool that would take this data into a mobil app. I had a windows phone but recently went to an Iphone after using an Ipod Touch for a year. I found SI Diary – it may be considered expensive but it will take data from such a wide range of meters. It also seems to have the widest version of clients – Iphone, android, Pocket Pc and even non smart phones. It also has a web component. A PC client is used with meters and their cables then you sync it with the web component and your mobil client. So I can see my data on the Iphone. One thing I did like about it was trending – how am I doing on ensuring I’m taking my blood sugar and are numbers going down. You can even buy a USB stick that allows you to basically use the software on any PC. So this allows me to see trending, I’m a Type 2 so not sure about pumps but it does connect to a large number of pump types. Check out the list here Also will import data from the a select number of scales and pedometers.

    Also being a type 2 I have a large set of oral drugs and I am taking some suppliments. One thing I found with many apps is that they were not flexible enough to manage differeing doses of pills multiple times of the day. I findally found one that fits my needs – but it was expensive – Medimemory – its a $14 product but dues have a free light version. It allows me to keep a history and alarms when to take it, I can group my pills and select as taken all at the same time. I enter how much I take (including insulin) per day and how it tracks how many days are left with the amount of insulin or pills I have left. It allows me to create a shopping list so you know when you need to buy more and it can warn you about 7 days in advance. It has a travel calculator that I can enter the dates and it will tell me how many pills or units of insulin I need to pack. It now has multisync – allowing me to sync between my iphone and IPad and there is a new Family Upgrade that allows you to handle multiple family members. $14 is expensive for an Iphone app but if it fits your needs then I think its worth it.

  17. Veronica A.
    Veronica A. November 20, 2012 at 8:39 am | | Reply

    I love OnTrack Diabetes (android only I think, sorry). It’s my personal favorite! But glucose buddy is pretty awesome too. is the best of all I think because ir syncs across multiple devices and allows you to set up a profile on their website. You can add all medications being taken, doctor profile, basal rates (for pumpers) and preprogram activities to be entered in the app automatically, or you can manually enter activities such as bg, exercise, carbs, bolus, basal rates temporary changes, etc. And the best part of it is that its totally free! Not sure if its available for Windows phones and blackberries but its available for iPhone, iPad, android phones and tablets.

    I was a little surprised not to see on here.

  18. Mark
    Mark September 5, 2014 at 8:37 am | | Reply

    Are there any free apps that will work on Windows desktop PCs? I don’t have a smart phone. I do have an Android compatible tablet, but internet access on it seems intermittent at best.
    Also, I haven’t seen an app that addresses a specific problem I’m having; keeping track of supplies. I tend to lose track of how many needles and lancets we have until weekends when the drug store in town is closed.
    Does anyone know of any free PC software that could help me keep track of that?

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