Electronic log book for blood glucose levels

Three University of Sydney IT students recently won the Microsoft Asian Cup Australia with their BlueClover mobile phone app designed to help diabetics manage their condition.

Andrew Chen, a final-year IT student and co-developer of the app, said he and fellow students Donald Zhang and Robin Huang designed BlueClover to replace the limited electronic solutions currently available to diabetics or the tedious logbook procedures they are encouraged to use to record their daily intake of food and drink.

"At the moment diabetes patients are required to manually record and calculate their levels,” Mr Chen said. “Our app focuses on a logbook that electronically records essential information needed for the management of the disorder such as blood glucose levels, amount of carbohydrates consumed for meals, and insulin levels.”

BlueClover has been designed with additional functionality such as object recognition and barcode scanning for automated input of food nutrient information into the users' logbook. Users can take a photo of the food product or barcode and the nutritional information will be retrieved from the app's database.

"Instead of having to manually enter the information of the foods they eat, users can scan the barcodes of the products they consume,” he said.

The logbook can also provide analysed information on the recorded data such as graphs and trends.

It has been designed to sync with Microsoft's personal electronic health record, HealthVault, which also allows users to share the information with clinicians or family. HealthVault is not officially marketed in Australia but it is possible to sign up to the UK version of the system.

The user friendly app has a built-in alarm system that reminds the patient to record their glucose and carbohydrate intake along with the amount of exercise they have done.

The team's mentor and supervisor, Jinman Kim, said the group spent a recent semester break developing and refining the app, adding capacity for it to collect and analyse more data. The team is hoping to commercialise BlueClover in the near future.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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