A couple of weeks ago I read a post on Scott Johnson’s blog and I got curious about this new mobile platform called Ginger.io. It is a behavioral analytics platform that turns mobile data into health insights, which basically helps your health care providers have a better understanding of how your health, mood and activity go. I signed up for it, and Peter Smith asked me if I would be so kind to write about it on my blog.
I started using Ginger.io about 10 days ago. I get a reminder every day to record how my mood was, and I’ve gotten a couple of other questions. The mood thing is really insightful for me because I have a history of depression. By recording how I felt the previous day, I can get an idea of what was going on in my life and identify if the cause of my mood was external or not. What I’ve found is that I’m usually in a pretty good mood these days, which means my depression is under control and everything else goes well with me. I’m motivated, fearless (within healthy limits) and confident —all this impacts my diabetes management.
[One] of the most innovative, data-driven and human-centered concepts aimed at helping people living with diabetes.
—Data Design Diabetes
There is a lot to learn about behavioral science and how it can help patients to manage their conditions when they’re outside their doctors’ office. I think Ginger.io is a great tool for that. The way we feel will have a repercussion in what we do when it comes to chronic conditions that require constant care, and I believe giving our health care providers an idea of how we feel every day will give them the tools to develop better health management programs that don’t look like something taken out of a vending machine.
Self-tracking may provide a glimpse of the future of health care, based on monitoring and prevention.
If you’re concerned about privacy, worry not. All shared data is aggregated and anonymized. Give it a try, you’ll find it interesting. And I think it’s an amazing tool for diabetes management.