App of the Week – Spike
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.