Glooko, t:slim, and Dexcom = My Dream d-Data System

I remember using Glooko way back when I had the old iPhone 4s cable (I actually found it in one of my supply boxes yesterday) that connected to my freestyle meter. I honestly don’t know how long I’ve had that account, but I’m glad that I do.

glookoWhen I first had my t:slim, Glooko and mySugr were the two apps I kept my data in before t:connect was approved by the FDA. In a way, I hated it because I *had* to manually log everything. But, in a way, it was good because I had to pay attention to everything. I think that was the only time I had the lowest A1c ever because I had to think about it and manually log, so I kept everything in check regularly. But, I always liked their reports, and the app interface.

Now, Glooko has come a long way from how it looked back then. There is so much more to the app, and we can connect more things. I like that I can upload my Bayer Contour Next meter into the system with my Nexus tablet, and that I can set Glooko to pull my Dexcom data from the Dexcom “cloud” via my Apple Healthkit. They are also making strides to also include pumps into the upload process. Just recently, they were able to add the Omnipod and they’re working on a way to add the Medtronic pumps into the lineup.

I have gone back to logging and have downloaded my own reports just to see how they compare to other sites such as the t:connect and Diasend online apps. Honestly, I have to say, I like the Glooko app’s reports SO much better. They are simple yet comprehensive. They are easy to glance over or delve into – however you need them, they have it; they are the perfect combination.

With t:connect, you’re limited on the meters you’re allowed to upload with, and if you don’t use the t:slim G4, you can’t upload your Dexcom into the system – which I think is absolutely crazy. I like their reports too, but without Dexcom in it, I feel like I’m not getting the whole picture. I might would consider changing meters otherwise if they did, but they don’t, and I don’t think they will.

While I like Diasend (I don’t *love* it) because I can practically use any meter I want to use (a.k.a., my beloved Bayer Contour Next USB). Currently, Diasend does not pull data from Dexcom if you have the G5 – neither from the receiver itself nor the Dexcom Cloud if you are in the US, which I am. So since upgrading to the G5 system, I no longer have access to full-data reports, and I’m back at being as frustrated as ever.

Glooko App and tslimAfter seeing the Glooko reports, I really want Glooko to be my go-to web service for all of my diabetes devices. The reports are easy to read and understand, and don’t look like they are from 1990. Since I can’t manually log my basal rates and temp basals and things like that (they say it’s so that records stay consistent, yet I can manually log boluses…. which if I don’t, that would be an inconsistent record as well… so I don’t really follow that logic), I only get 3/4 of the picture. I want my t:slim to be able to upload so that I can get the full report. The reports look to be really comprehensive but I can’t take advantage of it until I can upload my pump.

So, with that being said, I’ve talked with people from Glooko and they are willing to work with Tandem if Tandem is willing to work with them. And, of course, this is something we have to bring up to the companies. Sometimes they will work on things a little faster if their customer base raises their voice and gives them a nudge.

When I called Tandem earlier this week, someone else had already called and put in a request too, so it’s something that not only I am wanting as well. If you don’t want to call them, that’s ok. There is a web form as well that you can fill out and request it – easy peasy.

So, ladies and gentlemen… can I ask a favor? If you use a t:slim, can you go online to Tandem’s contact form (or call and personally request it if you happen to have to call them anyway) and request that Tandem work with Glooko? Pleeeaase??? With a cherry on top?? Thanks!!

3 thoughts on “Glooko, t:slim, and Dexcom = My Dream d-Data System”

  1. I admire your diligence at trying to wrangle in this disease. For me, though, my dream system would combine my meter, CGM, and insulin pump into one usable program which would be able to communicate with my endo’s system and with each other. Until that time, I suffer from data/device burnout if I add one more program/system/data entry point to my repertoire (I have spent almost 31 years with this disease).

  2. after being diabetic the last 25 years, I finally got on a t:slim pump and g4 cgm about a month ago. LOVE IT!!! I would like to see integration with MyFitness Pal. The food database / carb values would be an insanely valuable tool.

  3. Maybe it’s time to pressure elected officials to MANDATE a data-exchange ISO standard (XML probably) for any medical devices approved by the FDA, HealthCanada, the CE or wherever you vote.

    This wouldn’t force any company to implement features, per se. For example, since Dexcom doesn’t specifically manage insulin or carb amounts, they could refuse to implement that data in their software and reports if they choose. (They might as well, since the reports don’t do much with CHO or Insulin doses.) What a mandatory exchange standard WOULD do is make any stored data accessible (export/import) via a known communication standard. If you want to sell to the US market, in order to get an FDA approval your device/software must communicate via ISO standard XXXX.

    I bet this would creat the ability to import EVERYTHING into Glooko. Or AppleHealth or GoogleHealth or whatever. I personally love Abbot meters and their discontinued Navigator CGM, but their CoPilot software report is ugly and “looks like it’s from the 90’s.” (At best.)

    Data should be portable to take wherever it’s easiest for YOU and your doctor to analyse. Tech-savvy parents may come up with the best reporting of all, using nothing but spreadsheets and databases! And think of the incentive this would give a company. If their reporting software isn’t being used because their competitors’ is so much better… Conversely, if their software is primarily used to import data from competitors’ equipment. What an incentive to improve EVERYONE’s devices and software!

Tell me what you think!