This morning Glooko formally introduced its Glooko Logbook app and Glooko MeterSync Cable for iOS devices in Canada.
Glooko are the makers of an innovative mobile logbook solution for people with diabetes and they’ll be demonstrating their solution at next week’s Canadian Diabetes Association conference in Vancouver.
According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, diabetes prevalence has doubled since 2000 and is projected to affect almost 11% of the country’s population by 2020 and is expected to cost Canada’s health care system 16 billion dollars annually.
But many people with Type 2 diabetes can alter the course of the disease for the better with adjustments to diet, increased exercise, and carefully keeping a logbook using products like Glooko’s solution.
By simply connecting the Glooko MeterSync Cable to one of 17 popular, Glooko-compatible blood glucose meters, users can quickly and accurately download all of their meter readings directly into the Glooko Logbook iOS app with a single click. This eliminates user error and saves time compared to alternatives that depend on manual entry into mobile apps or paper logbooks, making Glooko one of the easiest and most accurate ways to monitor blood glucose readings.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Glooko has strong Canadian ties that include Sundeep Madra, co-founder of both Glooko and Toronto-based Xtreme Labs, and investor and former Facebook vice president, Chamath Palihapitiya.
Like much of the Glooko team, Chamath Palihapitiya also has a personal stake in simplifying life for people with diabetes—several of his family members in Canada have diabetes. He knows firsthand that it requires an immense effort to log a myriad of details to become a better self-manager, including testing blood glucose several times a day, counting carbs in every meal, adjusting medications with each dose, and tracking moods and activity levels.
“Our investments in companies like Glooko hit squarely at the premise that if you can quantify yourself and better understand your body, you can more proactively manage for prevention instead of treatment and emergency care,” says Chamath Palihapitiya, founder of The Social+Capital Partnership. “If you can become a better pro-active self manager about your health, it’s better for your well-being, easier on your wallet, and more efficient for the Canadian health care system overall.”