Overall App Summary:
Diabetes Tracker by MyNetDiary allows diabetics and those at risk for diabetes mellitus to track and enter data on various health measures that can affect diabetes. These measures pertain to blood glucose, weight, exercise, food intake, and various other health measures. The user may be overwhelmed by all the potential features and the required manual entry of all the data. The company claims that active users lose weight and lower there hemoglobin A1c (blood measure of diabetes), but their specific study results are not reported, nor are proper clinical trials in place to support the app’s effectiveness. This app is very similar to other health apps that allow the user to track many health measures and does not seem to offer a distinguishing or superior feature. This app will appeal to users interested in tracking many health features and do not mind manually entering their data.
App’s Intended Use:
Diabetes Tracker by MyNetDiary is a multi-function application that provides methods for patients with diabetes mellitus to track blood glucose, meals/caloric intake, exercises, medications, and various other health measures. Furthermore, the app claims to have pre-diabetic appeal as well – in addition to being a comprehensive tracker.
Who’s this app most useful for?
This app will be most useful for patients with diabetes mellitus or those at risk for it (e. g. overweight); as well as parents and caregivers.
How should one use it?
This app is best used as a multi-measure journal to track many health measures.
Why should anyone use this app? Is it clinically relevant?
By monitoring the various health measures in this app, the user may be inspired to improve his or her health. By tracking exercise, the user may exercise more. By tracking diet, they may consume less calories. And so on. There are many possibilities, which may overwhelm the user – a lot of manual entry, every day or several times per day.
Is there any published evidence that the app actually works?
The company website claims that “An active user loses 12% of body weight on average…(and an) average self-reported A1C reduction is 1.4%. There are no published clinical trials to support this claim. The concept behind the app is fairly valid in that exercise, weight loss, blood glucose monitoring, diet monitoring, and so forth, are all desirable tools to combat diabetes mellitus.
What is the most important/ desirable feature of the app?
The most desirable feature is the app’s ability to correlate food intake (input) to blood glucose levels. However, the app is overly complex and there are too many features. An active user would have to be very active on the app to enter all the needed data. This app best serves users who want a lot of data and are happy entering it. This user would benefit from all the potential reports generated, which might inspire him or her to modify behavior and be more healthy.
How is the app’s usability (look and feel; ease of use)?
It’s usability is only satisfactory; the app has a fairly complex interface with many features, none of which are obviously prioritized. Many users would not know where to begin or end with it.
How does this app compare to others in its category?
This app blends into a crowded field of “measure everything” apps; however it’s much more complete in functionality than some of the other apps.
If there’s a paid version, is it worth the upgrade?
This app is paid only and the fee will be worth it to the user who wants to manually record or view a lot of data.