I’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.
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.