Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters

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Part two: meters and apps that help you see your data better

V

isualising your diabetes

data can really help you to

gain insights to intervene

and gain greater control

of your diabetes. This

issue we look at blood test meters and

associated apps, which are getting

smarter and easier to use all the time.

Company: Ascensia Diabetes

Product: Contour Diabetes App

Screen: Meter or smart phone

The latest version of the Contour Diabetes

App released December 2017 includes

IMB (informational motivational behavior).

This is easy-to-engage with data that

can drive behavioural changes. If you are

regularly blood testing then the app can

pick up on trends, notify the user and

even make suggestions as to actions to

take. It can be powerful if user likes it and

uses it.

Most people with diabetes only rarely

see a consultant or diabetes specialist.

Apps such as these can lead to far

greater engagement with the ability to set

reminders to test, and so on.

The informational motivational

behavior (IMB) is based on work by

psychologist Dr Bill Fisher, a Canadian

pioneer in behavioural science. It's based

on three factors:

1. Actionable information

2. Motivation

3. Behavioural skills (to do diabetes selfmanagement)

The app is designed to support

these three elements. Actionable

information shows patterns and insights

and guidance. This should lead to the

motivation to strive to achieve the best

health results possible.

The app was also designed around

users' needs, putting the customer first.

An improvement on the first version

and incorporating feedback from the first

version, it now includes more reports

on the data inputted to the app (carb

estimates, insulin doses, exercise as well

as blood test results). Now onboard are

test reminder plans, as well as alerts, such

as Critical High, and Critical Low. Available

on both Apple and Android devices, such

on-phone apps are private, you can set

notifications to fit in with your own lifestyle.

They can ping, or be silent if you prefer,

with or a vibrate alert. The fact that it's on

your phone makes it easy to use, the data

is simple to see; it's all just very handy.

Says Chester Lu, Brand Leader for

Contour Diabetes app, "The idea with the

My Patterns feature is to prompt users to

be mindful and support them when they

are not with their healthcare professional

by giving helpful guidance to improve their

diabetes management. After identifying a

pattern in your readings and the possible

cause, it can suggest ways that you move

on to the next step - such as put in a

follow-up, 'take a walk', or 'do another

test in 30 minutes'. The ongoing nature of

these interactions can lead to behaviour

changes and health improvements. The

vision is that people can work with the app

to get health benefits. It's not intrusive,

it's always running in the background.

People are known to sometimes 'fall

off the wagon' when it comes to doing

Index

  1. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information
  2. London Medical, London Diabetes Centre, private diabetes clinic
  3. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information, Sue Marshall
  4. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  5. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  6. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news, Dexcom
  7. Omnipod Insulet insulin pump with insulin pods
  8. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes diet
  9. Dexcom CGM, continuous glucose monitoring
  10. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  11. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  12. One Drop blood test meter, Lifescan OneTouch Verio Flex
  13. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  14. Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose system
  15. Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose system
  16. My Diabetes Kit, Sue Wales, Desang magazine
  17. My Diabetes Kit, Sue Wales, Desang magazine, FreeStyle Libre, Medtronic 640g
  18. My Diabetes Kit, Sue Wales, Desang magazine, FreeStyle Libre, Medtronic 640g
  19. Medtronic Guardian Connect
  20. Noctura 400 eyemask, Polyphotonix, diabetic retinopathy
  21. Ascensia Contour Diabetes blood test meters
  22. Noctura 400 eyemask, Polyphotonix, diabetic retinopathy
  23. Noctura 400 eyemask, Polyphotonix, diabetic retinopathy
  24. Noctura 400 eyemask, Polyphotonix, diabetic retinopathy
  25. Accu-Chek Eversense implantable CGM
  26. Desang magazine, access to blood test strips, Angela Coffey Balance magazine
  27. UK Blood testing guidelines for diabetes
  28. UK Blood testing guidelines for diabetes
  29. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  30. Making Carbs Count sweet potato
  31. Making Carbs Count sweet potato
  32. Making Carbs Count sweet potato
  33. Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump
  34. Desang diabetes magazine

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