I appreciate all the comments and I can see a pattern - most can see the value of capturing as much info (or data) about the multitude of items that go into the management of our chronic condition, but not have to be constantly focused on it. It is my belief that the web, or “the Cloud” is the perfect means to communicate a lot of this data almost invisibly to a SAFE 'Health Locker" on the web that can store this data for further evaluation with your doctor, diabetic educator, endocrinologist, exercise couch, or Family and Friends that you GRANT viewing rights to . Now, the issue is how to most conveniently transmit such info to the web in a real time or near real time manner. There are many devices in the pipeline now that are being built with an embedded CDMA or GMS transmitter chip that can talk to the web ANYTIME it wants to - anywhere you are. The economic issue, in my opinion, is why do I need to pay for 3 or 4 or 5 web access points when I already have a few accessible ones. Obviously, if I am near my computer or my iPad, I have immedaite access to the web - devices like my pump, my CGM, etc. can communicate to my Google Health account anytime I am within range of those devices. But, if I am out at the beach, or hiking, or even in the car - I ALWAYS HAVE MY SMART PHONE and that device is always communicating to the web. So, it is my contention that both on a costing and on a practical basis - if our devices can talk to the most prevalent Smart Phone I/O method, we should be able to accomplish this.
Full disclosure, I work with Entra Health System and we have a Bluetooth-enabled BG meter that is the 1st FDA approved device that sends the user’s test results to a secure web platform AND can communicate with you if there is anomalies detected. The best example is my test results are at 50 - - I get an immedaite Text message back reminding me to eat some glucose tabs - IF I DO NOT RESPOND TO THE MESSAGE WITHIN 5 MINUTES, it will send out a text message to my co-workers that I have assigned to monitor me if it is work hours or to my family and friends if it is off hours to check to make sure I am OK… to be honest, I DO NOT want those secondary messages to ever go out, so even if I am in a most important meeting, I DEAL WITH THE ISSUE NOW.
This is but one of many examples of a communicative diabetic management system. The other is to notify my health providers if I am having problems over a few days - my doctor may have a member of his staff call me to come in to make adjustments, etc. There can also be other data points gathered to help determine how best to control diabetes - like knowing what my blood pressure is, what my daily weight is, what foods I have actually consumed - not been served.
We are at the forefront of this changing approach to heath care delivery and I am excited about the possibilities. Again, I hope to hear from my fellow diabetics on what things would you like to see IF you had such services available??