This article describes the development of a personal health application that facilitates self-management of diabetes. Diabetes is a common disabling disease in the United States that requires significant self-management to be successfully treated. With technical support from Project HealthDesign, a program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the authors developed a web-based program to help individuals manage their diabetes through healthy nutrition, physical activity, medication use and glucose monitoring.
The authors first developed a prototype of the diabetes management program. They then conducted focus groups with 21 adults with diabetes to hone and refine the program.
Diabetes is a common and serious disease that requires significant self-management. To maintain the long-term utility of a personal health application to help treat diabetes, the application must be dynamic, useful and meet the requirements of the user.