Looko My Glooko! FridayFind 4

Hi guys! It’s time for this week’s :

Today, I’m talking about the Glooko Logbook app and Metersync cable.

Some time a few weeks ago, Molly from Glooko sent me an email asking if I would spotlight their Logbook app and cable in an upcoming Friday Find post. Of course, I love any ideas to come my way of products to feature, and I already had my own cable and had the app anyway, so why not? So, for  a month, I put myself to the challenge of using the cable and logbook to track my bgs and foods to get a full opinion of the cable and app.

Since my own readings are quite embarrassing to show, I won’t show you all of them, but I’ll mix some in with some from their product press pages:

Upon opening the app, first off you will be asked to set up your app. No biggie. Just select what type of meter you use and off you go. Meters that are compatible are:

Meter Compatibility Chart

Next, you connect your meter to the Apple device – iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad – and select sync. It automatically syncs your readings and you’re done.

Or you can go into your history, and further log from there. You can select the apple to tag whether the meter reading was before or after a meal (and I think it was genius for them to use an apple to tag it since it’s an Apple App!).

(That’s their image….)

{This is mine. 😉}

Logging from the app is pretty simple. You just have to keep in mind that you only MANUALLY log foods or notes (as in exercise, etc).  The built-in food database makes it easy to find and log your foods per meals, and it even auto-calculates the total amount of carbs in the meal for you. That is a big plus in my book. No more searching, writing the carbs for individual foods down, then entering it. One step is eliminated. Yey!

When it’s time to export for say, a doctor visit or just to look over and see how your numbers are doing, (and this is where it was quite confusing to me) you have two options. You can either “send” arrow in the upper right-hand corner of the logbook history and you can email a PDF or eFax a two-week or one month report to yourself or to your doctor or whoever you’d like to have it. OR, you can go to the settings tab and export it as a CSV file if you are someone who loves doing Excel sheets and the such. I’m not one of those people, so a simple PDF (as shown above) is great for me.

My only 2 complaints with the app are (1) that you cannot manually add bg readings into the app. I know this may not be a big deal to some, but for me, I still have the old first-gen OneTouch Mini that didn’t have a cable connector, so those readings taken from that meter cannot be included. Not to mention, it’s not a meter for everyone as people who may use the OmniPod won’t be able to use the app either (or not that I know of. If any of you have tried it, please let me know so I can correct this!) And (2), it doesn’t give much feedback other than the report. There are no graphs or charts for visual people (like me) to look over and see averages over time. In fact there are no averages calculated at all. And that’s not something I’m a big fan of.  My thinking is if I’m going to take the time to use something that digitally logs my information, it should have a way to show averages – like most BG meters now – 7, 14,30 day average with average tests per day, etc.

Overall, I liked the app and cable. I like the ease and simplicity of the app. I also like that I can sync more than one meter into the program because I currently use 2 meters. One in my purse for on-the-go or when I’m in the living room / kitchen area and one beside my bed for 1st morning and last  bedtime bg checks.  So with all that in mind, this is how I made the app fit me: I only logged my meals and insulin during the day. At 10pm each night, I had a reminder alert on my iPhone to “Upload to Glooko”, it would sync, and my readings would fall in line with the “notes” I had added during the day, so the only step I had to take was to mark in the app with the apples which readings were before or after meals, or not at all.

In short, if you are someone who has the devotion to logging electronically and that doesn’t want feedback, this app is perfect. It’s simple and to the point. No frills, no bells, no whistles. But if you are someone who wants all the snapshot graphs and charts to show how you’ve done over a period of time, this one wont’ give it to you…. currently. From what I’ve heard from a little bird, they are working on getting an app update through the FDA to integrate some graphical averages, a.k.a. bells and whistles, into the app.

Suga-rating for this FridayFind?


3 out of 5

4 thoughts on “Looko My Glooko! FridayFind 4”

  1. Hey Sarah,

    Thanks for the review! We are so happy to be featured as your “Friday Pick.” We are also glad to hear you loved the simplicity of the app as we are striving to make logging easier. And, as you said in your March post, fit into your life.

    We totally hear you about the desire for manual entry and the need for more advanced charting and graphing capabilities. Just wanted to take this opportunity to provide your readers with a little more information about these topics.

    The reason we do not allow for manual data entry is because Glooko is committed to maintaining the integrity of the blood glucose values in Glooko Logbook and therefore, the only entries come directly from your glucose meter. By allowing manual entry, we cannot ensure that the data is accurate. You always have the option of adding a note with the additional reading.

    As for charting and graphing capabilities, we are currently hard at work on software that will provide more advanced features while meeting FDA standards. We cannot commit to a date at this time, but stay tuned! 😛

    Thanks again for the review. We hope you continue to use Glooko to help you make logging your blood glucose values easier!


    The Glooko Team

  2. I hate it when people blame the FDA for everything but…

    You can blame the FDA for everything that the Glooko app is missing. They would have to have different approval for anything where the user was able to add readings or any “interpretation” of the data (graphs, charts, etc).

    They are working on them but they wanted to get something out to their customers first.

  3. I was just reading this post, & when I clicked the meter compatibility chart to have a closer look, it took me to a page not found page the Glooko website… From there, I located their compatibility page, & it turns out that there is now an Android version of the App in addition to an iOS (Apple) version…

  4. I should also say that (if they haven’t covered it in subsequent updates since you’ve posted this) your data analysis could be done in a spreadsheet from the exported CSV data… There are probably multitudes of spreadsheets available through various diabetes forums & websites that would be able to help if you can’t handle doing the work of formulating the appropriate formulas in a blank spreadsheet…

Tell me what you think!