Diabetes context awareness

Conceptualizing a future web app that integrates smart devices for greater context of blood glucose readings  


Roles: App Concept Idea and Design
Deliverables: "Looks Like" Prototype


As Lead Healthcare Experience Designer at Intel in 2015, I was invited to a VIP D-Data Exchange by Amy Tenderich of DiabetesMine. The event included various players in the diabetes technology space, from FDA to continuous glucose monitor and insulin pump companies to patient innovators from the "We Are Not Waiting" movement. 

After this event, I was inspired with the potential of context awareness. Given my deep knowledge and experience with Type 1 Diabetes, I began to work on some web app concepts for greater blood glucose context, wherein data streams from various apps and IoT devices could help the patient with potential reasons for blood glucose extremes. 


They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Well, those living with Type 1 Diabetes know that the definition of insanity with diabetes is doing the same thing over and over and expecting the same results. Blood glucose level is influenced by a wide multitude of factors — from hormonal changes to exercise to glycemic index variability in foods to changes in insulin resistance, and on and on. It's too much to keep track of. And it's frustrating. 

The purpose of this app concept is to enable users to easily record, tag, and save context surrounding blood glucose levels. It is a tool to help users figure out or at least eliminate potential reasons blood glucose is or was out of range. I also began to mockup a filtering experience to help patients learn from past and therefore better support in-the-moment treatment decisions.