Recently, I spoke to someone who may have accidentally taken a duplicate dose of insulin, resulting in a dangerously low blood sugar.
He knows that I am interested in assistive memory technology because I work with many patients with memory challenges. . So he asked if I could recommend a way to quickly record his insulin doses using his iPhone in order to prevent accidental overdosing.
I did some research on the many available apps for diabetes management. While I found many highly-rated apps, I tried to think of the simplest and easiest methods to use. I like the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) approach.
The videos below demonstrate 2 fast ways I found to easily record actions, events, and doses using Siri and your iPhone.
Note that both of these methods can be used to record any type of action or event, not just insulin doses.
iPhone Note app:
Pro: All insulin doses are in one note titled “insulin.” This overview method makes it easier to view frequency, types, and trends of doses.
Con: This method requires more steps than using Siri and the Calendar app.
Open the Note app, then create a new page titled with the action / event you want to record and track.
Then follow these steps:
1, "Hey, Siri. Open note insulin."
2. After the Note app page titled "insulin" displays,
touch the screen to position the cursor.
3. Launch Siri and dictate (for example): "August 31st, 1 pm. 10 units of humalog insulin."
4. Close note.
Recording doses on iPhone using Siri and Note app
iPhone Calendar app:
Pro: Quick, one-step process to record dose/ type of insulin (and other actions.)
Con:You must search the calendar for the records of type and dose of insulin.
But you can search with Siri.
Recording step: "Hey, Siri. Create event 10 units of humalog insulin today at 1 pm."
Searching step: "Hey, Siri. Search my calendar for humalog insulin."
Recording doses on iPhone using Siri and Calendar app
Please leave a comment below on what methods you use to record doses, events , and actions.
8/31/2018 04:31:34 pm
naturally, this is useful for more than just one type of treatment.
8/31/2018 04:38:12 pm
Thanks for your kind comment, Joanne, as well as your competent and dedicated work on the cognitive challenges of many of my patients.
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