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What has my data done for me lately?

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BY FREDRIK DEBONG (MYSUGR)
Article originally published on the mySugr Blog

The word “data” is one of the most annoying buzzwords around the diabetes community. Data is only as useful as you make it – on a personal as well as on a company level. Having tons of data means nothing until you put it into context and take action.

I’d love to highlight a few fun, smart, and useful examples of how the data that you enter into the mySugr app helps you both through mySugr Coach and mySugr Insights, which actively look for patterns in your data and translate it into simple and useful pieces of advice. I’d like to show you how mySugr makes these things happen!

Making coaching work for all of you

If you don’t know mySugr well yet then you’ll need to know that the company was founded by people with diabetes to make their therapy suck less – and from then on it’s grown quite a bit. Some 1.4 million people have made use of the app and that number is increasing at an amazing rate. The data entered in the app can also be synced across several devices and nowadays you can even have a diabetes educator working with you, based on the data you put in. Pretty cool, I’d say!

Gary Scheiner and his team of diabetes educators are based in Philly and work with tons of people with diabetes on a daily basis. Same with Michèle Theißen and her team in Vienna. They help you make sense of all that data, answer tricky questions on tech like CGM, help you tackle exercise and fajitas in better ways… the list goes on. But how can they handle this for over a million users? Well, they can’t! So that’s where mySugr's algorithms come into play!

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Based on your data, the mySugr system calculates a risk score: how probable is it that you’ll have a hypo or go hyper, based on the data that is already there? This number is shown to the coaches and helps them focus on those who need it most. Of course, if you drop them a line they’ll get back to you anyway.

Nifty and simple, and a great example of how smart technology together with your data can make your life suck less.

Insights into your hypos and hypers

Lately, mySugr has had a few people working on creating smart features focused on making even more use of the data. A fun project they launched is mySugr Insights! In mySugr's experience, it is really hard to find what you should focus on in your therapy as there is simply SO much going on. With Insights, mySugr hopes to help thousands of people with just this, every week.

The Insights are based on how diabetologists and diabetes educators work, starting with lowering the risk in your therapy and then ramping up to work on fine-tuning. Start with hypos, followed by hypers, then the stability, followed by… There’s a process to it. To make this run smart and smoothly, mySugr has developed a heap of algorithms to find the holes in your therapy, connecting the dots, finding out what’s most important and then sending you the right material so you can work on getting even more awesome.

Do these apps work?

Good question! One which the scientific community, as well as mySugr's docs and educators, have asked themselves tons of times. The short answer is: they definitely see a pattern!

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By running an analysis on randomly sampled, anonymized data, ProSciento has been able to shed some light on this over the past few years. This is stuff that is presented at the big diabetes conferences and will impact the whole development of future diabetes products and research.1,2,3

I hope this brief review of what mySugr has been up to and how they work is as exciting to you as it is to them. You can expect this kind of help to be in the spotlight more and more at mySugr during the next few months. Making your data speak in the way you need it, is a new, unexplored and exciting field. mySugr believes that with a bit more work they can make the mySugr app even smarter, your life simpler, your therapy better and at the same time put a smile on your face.

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1Hompesch, Marcus, et al. “Retrospective Analysis of Impact on SMBG and Glycemic Control of Mobile Health (MHealth)-Application for Diabetes Management.” MySugr, 2016, assets.mysugr.com/website/mysugr.com-wordpress/uploads/2017/03/dtm-2016-poster.pdf. Accessed November 13, 2018.
2Hompesch, Marcus, et al. “Significant Improvement of Blood Glucose Control in a High Risk Population of Type 1 Diabetes Using a Mobile Health App – A Retrospective Observational Study.” MySugr, 2017, assets.mysugr.com/website/mysugr.com-wordpress/uploads/2017/03/attd-2017-poster.pdf. Accessed November 13, 2018.
3Hompesch, Marcus, et al. “High Risk Population Using Mobile Logging Application Shows Significant Reduction in LBGI.” MySugr, 2017, assets.mysugr.com/website/mysugr.com-wordpress/uploads/2017/06/ada-2017-poster.pdf. Accessed November 13, 2018.

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