Bant - A diabetes app for the ePatient


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Bant - A diabetes app for the ePatient

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Supported languages:

Arabic / Chinese / English / French / German / Italian / Korean / Portuguese / Russian / Spanish

Cost:

Free

Diabetes management app intended to simplify diabetes management, and to be used by adolescents and younger people with diabetes.

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Languages

Arabic / Chinese / English / French / German / Italian / Korean / Portuguese / Russian / Spanish

Countries of use

Any in which the user is familiar with one of these languages

Cost

Free

Developer

Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto General Hospital, Canada
(Based in Canada)
http://ehealthinnovation.org

Funder

Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto General Hospital

Medical Adviser

Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto General Hospital, and Professor Joseph Cafazzo, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto

Features

Allows networking with other people like me / Family / Friends Allows networking with other people like me / Family / Friends
Self-monitoring Self-monitoring
Trackers Trackers

Summary

Diabetes management app intended to simplify diabetes management, and to be used by adolescents and younger people with diabetes. Compatible with glucose meters (via Bluetooth). The user can enter data readings such as glucose values with a single swipe. Readings are stored on a secure Microsoft HealthVault account. Trend graphs can be customised with a variety of colours, time periods and labels. Data can be shared with healthcare professionals and others via email, Twitter and Microsoft HealthVault.


Tags: Medical

Reviews

Reviewer: Battle Diabetes
Review: “Enables easier blood-sugar recording, and is an easier way to monitor blood-sugar changes over time. The developer created the app to help those with both type-1 and type-2 diabetes manage their blood sugar more effectively. Users of the app can record their blood-sugar levels anywhere they are, even if they forgot a pen. The app also produces a graphic display of blood-sugar readings over time. This enables users to see trends that might be hidden within logs of blood-sugar data.”
Source: http://bit.ly/Qq9C0o
Usage: Not specified
Weblink of reviewer: http://bit.ly/16dXZXc
Reviewer: Diabetes Mine
Review: “ ‘Bant’ is another glucose-logging app with a sleeker overall look, but the same simplistic logging set-up. It was designed by the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation in Toronto, Canada, in a team led by a type-1 researcher, and has been tested in a clinical pilot study with teens. ‘Bant’ is pre-programmed with four timeframes: breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime. However, in ‘Settings’, users can add various events, like ‘Snack’ or ‘Soccer’, and select their favourite colours for each meal or category. Using their finger, users drag the appropriate circle to the corresponding time and blood sugar. The time is on the ‘Y’ axis, and the blood sugar is on the ‘X’ axis. I found it a bit counter-intuitive to how most graphs works, since the blue column indicating your target range is vertical, rather than horizontal, like most logs. If the whole finger-dragging option is too complicated, then ‘Bant Book’ gives you the option to do it the ‘old-fashioned’ way by manually typing in blood-glucose readings, and scrolling to the right date and time. The trends option on this app is a breakdown graph that shows the number of times you hit ‘in range’ in that particular category. So, if you want to see how many times you’re in range after soccer, this feature definitely helps isolate those readings. Trends go back seven, 14, 21 and 90 days, so you can get a pretty good look at how you’re doing overall. One useful feature for us ‘ePatients’—which ‘Bant’ is specifically designed for—is the ability to Tweet your blood glucose numbers directly from the app. Once authorisation is set up, the app automatically feeds in Tweets using hashtags like #bgnow, #bg and #diabetes, so we can see what other people with diabetes are talking about regarding their blood sugar. Good stuff. I liked that there is some customisation allowed; you can pick the colours of your meal circles, and indicate your own minimum and maximum blood-sugar levels, to widen or narrow the target range. Considering the level of ‘tight control’ you’re aiming for depends on who you are. This is beneficial, and something you don’t see often in other diabetes apps. Overall, we like this app. It’s free, so taking a test drive for yourself is easy. ‘Bant’ is colourful and pretty easy to use, minus the whole circle-dragging log-entry thing. As noted, we find that a little too cumbersome—I’d be more inclined to manually enter the numbers, and then watch the pretty circles populate.”
Source: http://bit.ly/pteHMx
Usage: Not specified
Weblink of reviewer: http://bit.ly/GWY1aA
Reviewer: Diabetes News Hound
Review: “ ‘Bant’ allows users to store their blood-sugar readings. However, the app syncs up with one’s Google Health account and ‘Bant Book’ (if you have one). This allows you to create charts and trends that you can share with others—doctors, family members, etc. It also allows users to post right to Twitter.”
Source: (Source is no longer available)
Usage: Not specified
Weblink of reviewer: http://bit.ly/19bqwe3

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