We’re pleased to announce the release of our first mobile app Meal Memory on Google Play.
Meal Memory takes a new approach to nutrition tracking. Our goal was to create not just a self-tracking app, but also an improved feedback loop for patients. With this approach, Meal Memory helps diabetes patients understand the effect that each meal has on their blood sugar.
Our system records a blood sugar reading and carb estimate when a meal is logged, then asks for a post-meal reading with an alert on their phone two hours after eating. Having these two data points makes it easier for patients to better manage that same meal when they eat it again. It also gives patients a simple way to scan through their eating history and see how often they’re managing meals accurately.
We started with a focus on nutrition after talking with lots of patients. Consistently people said that balancing their meals was their biggest self-management challenge. Nutrition is obviously a big and complicated topic. So we zeroed in a core habit that we saw in our own eating histories, that we are creatures of habit. We have our favorite meals, favorite restaurants and favorite recipes. But remembering the details of each meal, its effects on blood sugar and the best way to manage that food is a challenge. Meal Memory helps solve that problem by making it easy to both record a meal and related readings, but also easily retrieve that information when you’re eating that food again.
Over the last few years, I’ve tried a variety of different ways of self-tracking my own diabetes. Those experiences helped shape our design. First, I realized it’s important to create a system that is fast and easy to use. Meal Memory is effective because it uses a photo to record a meal instead of typing, letting you log a meal in just a few seconds.
Second, we wanted a simple way to give back insights to patients. Too many systems ask patients to enter lots of information without giving enough feedback. We help patients understand the relationship between their decisions about a meal and changes in their blood sugar later. A mobile phone alert two hours after eating does this well. In taking just a few seconds to enter a post-meal blood sugar, a patients can be mindful of their blood sugar and can focus on understanding this one specific meal. I’ve found that improving my own diabetes self-management has come through an accumulation of small wins like this. Over time, it also helped me become more aware of the bigger trends in my readings and diabetes control.
We hope that other patients have similar success with Meal Memory! It’s our first step in providing patients with improved self-management support tools to help us all stay healthy. Please email us with any comments or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org