Back in 2005, Chris, one of the co-founders of Gendius was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 50. Ironically, at the time he was working for a pharmaceutical company – in diabetes. His wife worked for a company who manufactured insulin so basically Chris thought he knew diabetes really well.
In short, the amount of information and decisions and uncertainty was pretty overwhelming. At the end of the day, everyone’s diabetes is different. The idea was hatched – something that would cut out all the background ‘noise’ that goes with a diagnosis of diabetes and living with it every day. Something that is useful to an individual rather than a population. Something that would help someone with diabetes to do the right thing to decrease the possibility of complications…
Yes, there are loads and loads of ‘diabetes apps’ available. One thing that most of them have in common is that they will help you ‘track’ your blood glucose, blood pressure etc. Some of them let you print off reports so you can take them with you when you go to see your Nurse or Doctor.
So, they are useful for telling you where you’ve been with your diabetes, but not much use in telling you where you might be going.
intellin is different. To get the best out of intellin, there are a series of questions about the sort of thing your Healthcare Professional will look at- such as blood chemistry (HDL, LDL and kidney function). It’s unlikely that you’ll know these off the top of your head, but a quick call to your practice will let you get all the information you need.
Once the information is loaded into intellin, a clever piece of logic then calculates where you are most likely to get complications of diabetes.
Within intellin, there are lots of hints, tips and educational content that help you make good choices every day to live better with your diabetes. This information is filtered so you don’t get lots of meaningless stuff – but good quality, medically approved content that is applicable to your diabetes.
In summary, historically most diabetes apps have been ‘rear view mirrors’ – i.e. you can see where you’ve been. intellin lets you do this too, but importantly it acts as a ‘SatNav’ to help you plot the route ahead.
Intellin is provided for general information purposes only. It does not offer medical, healthcare or any other advice on which you should rely. You must obtain professional or specialist medical advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of information obtained from the App.