press_mood_hand_01-300x200I’m very excited to help announce the launch of mySugr Companion here in the U.S.

I have been working with the team on the launch for a little while now. I not only love the app itself, but also the attitude and vision for diabetes management they have. The more I work with them and get to know them, the more I like them.

mySugr Companion launched in Europe in late 2011 and has seen impressive reception. When a friend of mine, Kyle Rose (who now works on the mySugr team), introduced it to me I was hesitant. I thought about many of the other apps I’ve tried that haven’t kept me interested, or I would run into something the app couldn’t handle, then give up on it.

But Kyle convinced me to give it a try. And like many things that come with a solid recommendation from a good friend, I’m glad I listened.

After trying the app for myself it was easy to see why people were loving it. Traditional logging has always been a lot of work, absolutely zero fun, and often the results are hard to interpret. mySugr has an element of fun presented in the form of taming my diabetes monster.

As I enter information about my diabetes, my diabetes monster gives me feedback. Sometimes it has a smart remark to make, sometimes it does just what I’m doing. Maybe an example is called for. This video walks through a couple of common entries (bonus points if you recognize the voice…)

I also named my diabetes monster. My daughter came up with “Chewcarba” for a name, and I love it! The custom name actually shows up right below my monster.

There are some sophisticated search features that are pretty cool. For example, do you remember what you ate the last three times you went to your friend’s favorite restaurant? Do you remember what you ordered, and how much insulin you took, and how your blood sugars responded? How cool would it be to have all of that information at your fingertips through a quick search?

There is also a Junior version coming soon that I think will be a big hit for parents. Check out this video (audio seems a bit out of sync for me, but you get the idea, right?):

Pretty cool, isn’t it?

Both apps (mySugr Companion & mySugr Junior) are absolutely beautiful. iPhone version of Companion is available right now (basic is free, pro features have a small monthly fee), with Junior coming soon. Android versions are not far behind.

The Companion is a medical device and was developed according to the ISO 13485 standard. It bears the CE mark and is FDA registered. These guys took the time to do it right, and I bet that will pay off in the near future in the form of partnerships and integration. I can’t wait to see how it evolves!

To take things to another level, they are partnering with groups like JDRF and IDF’s Life for a Child. Through challenges enabled in the app, you can turn your diabetes management into real-world donations and support for others living with diabetes.

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If you decide to check it out, please let me know what you think of it!

**Disclosure: I have a business relationship with mySugr and am helping them spread the word about the US Launch of their products. 

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17 Responses to mySugr Companion – Meet “Chewcarba!”

  1. Katie says:

    This looks awesome!! Now I just have to get a smartphone. ;-)

  2. minnesotaAnn says:

    Thanks Scott you are always helping us. Uploaded the Ap (named the monster “Cookie” sorry could not help myself)…Excited to begin using this tomorrow !

  3. Beth says:

    Is there a limit to the number of carbs that can be entered? We couldn’t get it to allow more than 30 carbs for her meal entry.

  4. Jeff says:

    Thanks for the review, Scott!

  5. [...] Disclosure: I was invited to review the mySugr app before it officially launched on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. I was not compensated for this review, and as always, all thoughts and feelings are my own. The mySugr app is now available for download for free in the App Store. For a more comprehensive review, please read Scott’s post. [...]

  6. Pam says:

    I downloaded the app and have used it the last 2 days. Love the sound effects. I encountered a prob of not being able to figure out how to delete an entry. I have named my monster fructoseinstein. Congratulations on your efforts!

    • Hi Pam!

      Glad to hear it!

      To delete an entry you’ll want to be in the logbook section of the app. Slide the entry you want to delete to the right, once the line and X turn red, let go. Bam! It’s gone! :-)

  7. Pam says:

    Cool! Thanks – I knew I was app inept. I’m quite new to the D party but trying to learn and adapt as best I can :-)

  8. Beth says:

    2 days straight of my teen checking AND recording – mySugr for the WIN! Anything that will get her to be more consistent in checking more than 2 or 3 times a day is amazing in my book!!! Plus, she’s checking before bolusing at meals when I’m not around to nag her (she likes to eat without checking when she’s not at home), so she gets extra points…WOO HOO!

  9. Laddie says:

    I downloaded the app and then forgot about it for a day. Today I’ve been putting in current results as well as yesterday’s stuff. I hate logging, but am finding this mildly addicting. Glukomutant is my monster.

  10. [...] on Twitter and Facebook and listen to what other users have to say. My friend, Scott Johnson, gives his review about mySugr as [...]

  11. Great review Scott! I’ve been using mySugr for a year or two now. The version before this was really good, but with this version they’ve really taken things up to a whole new level and really listened to the community in making the app do what we want. Diabetes logging can be fun, useful *and* make you smile. Who knew!

  12. [...] few others in the Diabetes Online Communiy have shared their thoughts on this new app, including Scott Johnson and Christel and Fredrik even appeared over on DSMA Live. Those I’ve heard share thoughts on [...]

  13. […] mySugr Companion – Meet “Chewcarba!” review from Scott’s Diabetes […]

  14. […] already working on many improvements based on what we’ve heard.  We’re also excited that Scott Johnson has joined the mySugr U.S team as Community Relations and Communications Lead. We are aware that […]

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