Website for Diabetics. Get reminders to test, record blood sugar, manage test strips, view reports, and get clear feedback.
Website for Diabetics. Get reminders to test, record blood sugar, manage test strips, view reports, and get clear feedback. Read more
About this project
About project Lifebringer
My name is Herb Meehan. I'm a software developer and a type 2 Diabetic (Full story at bottom of this page). So many complications due to Diabetes can be avoided. You must check your blood sugar regularly and strive to be within a recommended blood glucose range. I realized that I needed a very simple Diabetic log. I also needed daily reminders to test to help me get in the habit of testing. I also wanted to keep better track of my test strips too. After struggling with this for a few years, I decided to do something about it. I've created a brand new website for Diabetics called Lifebringer. I need your help to finish the development of this new Diabetes website that will help many Diabetics worldwide. With your help, Lifebringer will always be free to use.
25.8 million Americans, 8.3% of the population, have Diabetes. 1 in 5 health care dollars is spent caring for people with Diabetes. Whether you have Diabetes or a loved one is affected, we're all in this together. Diabetes affects everyone.
There are a lot of terrible consequences when a Diabetic sticks their head in the sand and avoids testing. The complications from years of high blood sugar can destroy the body. I personally suffer from one of the complications.
It's not all doom and gloom. So much good can come from Diabetics testing their blood sugar regularly. Many of the horrible complications can be avoided.
Made for all audiences
Lifebringer is for everyone, from children to seniors. Since this project is web-based, all Diabetics with any type of computer, tablet, or smart phone will be able to use Lifebringer.
Other diabetes management software tools...
Most of the existing diabetic applications and websites require too much data from you. They also behave like a glorified spreadsheet - a place to dump numbers. It initially sounds great putting in your life's information. After using the overly robust software for a few days, burnout occurs and using the application becomes a second job. Most people don't want to spend so much time recording data: food records, exercise records, blood sugar tests, emotional state, weather, medication doses. I have created a website that Diabetics will actually want to use.
Help get this off the ground:
Current features include, but are not limited to:
- Ultra fast data input for entering blood sugar numbers, because data entry sucks.
- Nagbot tells you in clear English what your glucose average means.
- Mobile friendly version (just completed).
- The ability to share a blood sugar test on Facebook.
- Reminders to test, which you select at a time of your choosing. You may create a one-time reminder, or a daily recurring reminder (recommended). All time zones are supported. Simply tell Lifebringer which time zone you are in and you'll get a reminder at the time you set.
- Setup your testing supplies (name, qty, warning threshold), and Lifebringer will intelligently deduct one test strip per test entered.
- Receive an optional warning when your test strips are running low. You may enable or disable this at anytime.
What needs to be done after successful funding:
- Support for world measurements (Internationalized).
- Better and more reports, especially visual reports within emails. This comes down to developing new reports from scratch, or going with a paid product (Telerik Reports).
- Lifebringer was created using a free version of Visual Studio called VS Web Express. The free/express editions do not support plugins (No ReSharper, no add-ons). If we must use an add-on we will have to purchase Visual Studio Professional.
- Beefed up A.I. for Nagbot.
- Automated database backup vs a manual backup each day. Need an expert with MySQL Server.
- An affordable long-term web host.
My story on Diabetes Stories, by Riva Greenberg.
My story on Diabetes Mine, by Mike Hoskins.
My story on Diabetes Daily, by Ginger Vieira.
My story on A Sweet Life, by Alex O’Meara.
How can you help
By contributing to this project, you are helping Diabetics and you are sending a message that you care about improving our health and long-term well-being. With your support, we hope many people around the globe will be able to benefit from this application.
Music by Yana Chernysheva: Back to You - Piano Version
Risks and challenges
If we don't raise our goal, we don't get anything. Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires. Donors pledge the amounts, but don't actually pay until the goal is reached. Every donation helps! And if you live outside the US, you can still use any major credit card to donate.
At the end of successful funding, it will realistically take about 2 to 3 months to implement these changes. This time includes both development and rigorous testing.
The only possible setback would be a delay, but that's extremely unlikely. Other than that, nothing would stop this from seeing the light of day.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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