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Bant provides simplified diabetes monitoring

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By Jesse Hollington

Social Media & Software Editor, iLounge
Published: Friday, March 26, 2010
News Categories: Apps + Games, Other

A team at Toronto’s University Health Network Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, in partnership with The Hospital for Sick Children and Saint Elizabeth Health Care, has released a new iPhone application designed to simplify diabetes management. Designed initially as a self-management system for adolescents with Type I Diabetes, Bant allows iPhone and iPod touch users to track their blood glucose levels and self-manage their condition. Users can store their recorded data to their Google Health account and share their experience with the diabetes community via Twitter. In an interview with The Care to Know Centre, Dr. Joseph Cafazzo, one of the researchers on the project explained that it began as a study in the “challenges in managing kids with Type 1 Diabetes” and the issue that many teens to do not take their measurements regularly or properly self-manage their condition. Cafazzo indicated that the team wanted to find a way to encourage teens to develop proper self-management skills. They looked at an iPhone app as a solution since “the ubiquitous mobile phone is so central to this demographic’s life ... even as inpatients, teens are never far from their phone.” Cafazzo explains that social networking features were also built in to further engage adolescents and allow them to share their experiences with others like themselves. Cafazzo also notes that the team is working with Apple Canada to arrange for iTunes redemption codes to reward teens who use the app to take their measurements regularly and participate in the community. Bant is available from the App Store as a free download.

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1

It’s a great app, and as an adult diabetic, I’d even find it useful for tracking rather than using a paper booklet.

It needs mmol/l unit support added though.

Posted by Mike on March 27, 2010 at 9:21 AM (PDT)

2

mmol/l unit support is built into version 1.0 (current version)
It can be chosen from the iPhone global settings menu
Settings>Bant>Measurement Units>mmol/l

Posted by Jonathan on March 28, 2010 at 8:51 AM (PDT)

3

*facepalm*

Thanks!

Posted by Mike on March 28, 2010 at 5:03 PM (PDT)

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