App of the Week – Spike

Published On February 12, 2019 | By Tom Huskerson | App of the Week

One of the greatest health crisis among black people is diabetes. A chronic disease that requires constant monitoring diabetes is an epidemic in the African-American community. That is why Spike is the App of the Week.

If you or someone you love has diabetes then you can also monitor their condition. Doctors can only do so much and family members want to help but they can’t be there twenty-fours a day. Spike can send doctors and loved ones regular updates about the patient’s status. This function provides valuable information to the doctor and helps loved ones keep track of the patients habits and insulin spikes and dips. As a family member you can help the patient stay focused and urge better management of the condition.

Another interesting feature of the Spike app is its artificial intelligence. According to Spike co-founder Ziad Alame the app can detect if the patient is in their favorite fast food restaurant. “For example, you walk into McDonald’s around 2 PM. Spike would automatically know it’s lunch time for you and suggest the top three options you can have with approximate carb counts,” said Alame.

Spike also provides patients with customizable mobile charts and will read users their stats out loud. It available for the Apple watch and is engineered to save battery life. It can also be integrated with other diabetes monitoring apps to share information. All to make managing the condition that much easier.

Alame went on to say, “After some time (roughly 30 minutes) Spike automatically reminds you of your insulin and syncs with your diabetic devices to log all the details. With time, as the app gets to know the diabetic’s taste more, Spike would be able to suggest small behavioral tweaks to enhance lifestyle such as walking routes suggestions or new places similar to the diabetic’s taste but with a lower insulin consumption rate.”

The only real drawback to the app is that it requires users to apply for an invitation to use it. This may restrict user ability to obtain the app. However, the website does not demand any specific criteria for using the technology.

Spike is available for Apple only.

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About The Author

Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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