Friday, May 11, 2007
So I've created a wiki as a collaboration tool.
I want to tackle the blood glucose data first.
What might this mean? Well here's the problem for those of us with diabetes.
How many diabetes data devices do you use? Glucose meters? Continuous glucose meters? Insulin pumps? Each of these typically collects some amount of data related to your diabetes treatment.
Have any of you got an easy way to collect this data into a single piece of software to that you can do some analysis on it?
Now imagine a future where all of the various pieces of software that come with your devices each exports the data in a common format. What might that mean?
If that format was shared and freely useable by anyone, then it allows different people to create software to collect the data and make logbooks out of it, or analyze it in different ways.
To get device makers to think about this, I've sent e-mails to various companies that are currently working on new blood glucose monitoring devices. Companies like Biosign Technologies who are developing a new wrist-worn monitor; and Nilimed who is working on a new continuous glucose monitor. I'm also trying to interest the Artificial Pancreas project in supporting standard data formats as part of that effort.
Would you like to get involved? If you've got any experience with programming, especially how to use XML and process XML, then you may be able to help.
Leave a comment, or send me an e-mail (mail address on the wiki), and I'll drop you a note.