We did a lot of work in the past two years and today, we can proudly say that we managed to finish an app that will be helpful for diabetic community . We only just started, but we made an effort to achieve our vision: to make a simple and free app for smartphones.
Download the App HERE.
Now that the app is out there, we are impatiently curious if the people from diabetic community will be “on the same page” with our vision – it is good for us to be able to help, inform and support one another. But this thing we made is actually just a platform whose success to achieve its full potential, depends on users (or number of diahelpers).
The result of this project depends on the contribution of other people so that it can ultimately help other people. There is a lot of ways a diahelper can contribute; tell friends about it, share on Facebook, mention the app in the waiting room or find their own way to contribute. And, of course help another diahelper, if needed.
Our goal was to make the app as simple as possible, but as we progressed more and more, it turned out (as always) that diabetes has a lot of details and they are not that simple. That’s why you need to go through some steps before you use the app.
First you need to create new account and type your basic information with email, Facebook or Google accounts.
Add Drugs and Medical devices that you use in settings. Panic contacts that you specify in the app will get a SMS if you something is wrong, whether it’s hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia or if something bad is happening and you need help. You can of course, as always, call your loved ones before and ask help, but in the app another advantage is that they will know your exact location. So you can do both.
Therefore, your husband, brother, mother, or anyone that you list, will get a SMS, and they don’t have to install the app.
Automatic messages are pre-defined, but if you want to, you can change them. Or you can change them immediately before you send them. You will probably want to change message if you need to borrow or give a medical device, so that you can describe a situation you find yourself into and it will also be easier for diahelpers to help you.
Discovery settings define which distance is ok for you to go to borrow a device and the number of people that you can see on home screen depends on kilometers that you define here. It will be easier to reduce the distance at first, and if no one responses you can increase the radius and send a message once again.
You can define your location and allow notifications in “More Settings”. If these features are turned off, nobody will be able to reach you because the app will not know that you are near.
3. I need help and I can help
Home SOS screen is divided in two screens: I need help and I can help. To send a message or help request, you need to click on the red SOS button, and choose if it is an Emergency or which Drugs and Medical devices you need from your list. Anyhow, when you need drugs or medical devices, describe what happened to you and which product you need.
Your message will show to other diahelpers on I can help screen. If you can help, click Yes and go to Messages to communicate directly with diahelper. If you can’t help, click No or ignore the message.
From time to time you will get news and other content from the diabetic community in Messages menu.
This is our favourite message: “No one in your area needs help”
Make sure to add Consultation on your Drugs & Medical devices list. In that way you can get a message from a person that needs your advice. Feel free to ask other diahelpers for advice, whenever you need information or advice. We are here for each other. If you just found out you are diabetic or you moved, you can locate diahelpers in your neighborhood and arrange a meeting. After that you can exchange experiences, advices and informations. The important thing is that every person feels as a part of the community and he/she is not the only person in the world dealing with diabetes.