Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Reports Page: Faster and More Informative

As part of an ongoing effort to provide more actionable information, we implemented some small tweaks to the reports page last Friday.
  • Much faster. The reports page should load in about half the time now.
  • Average per day. We now report the average intake of carbs and medication per day. This allows you to check that you are within the target that your diabetes educator has set.
We hope this makes the reports page even more useful for you. As always, don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New In Log for Life: Modal Day Graph On The Printable Log

We just rolled out modal day graphs in the printable log to make it easier for you and your doctor to review your glucose numbers.

The modal day view of your glucose numbers lets you find times that your blood glucose tends to be high or low. Reading it is as easy as looking for places on the graph where lots of points are near each other. You can learn more about reading our modal day graphs in the help section.

To see the new printable log with modal day graphs in action, go to the reports page for your log and click on the View PDF button.

Our hope is that this new feature will help make your visits to the doctor more about acting on your numbers and less about just reviewing them.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Glucose Graph Improvement: Connect the Dots

After much discussion (and request), we have added the ability to show lines that connect your glucose log entries on Log for Life's main glucose graph.

One of our biggest hang ups with adding lines to the graph has been that it can portray an incorrect representation of the data. A casual observation of two glucose data points connected via a straight line could lead one to infer that glucose is moving linearly between two readings or that the line is an estimation of glucose levels between the two points. Neither of these situations necessarily reflects the actual glucose levels for an individual, and we wanted to be careful to avoid this misrepresentation.

Graph readability is something that we care a lot about, and we decided that having the lines is a huge win for readability, particularly for graphs with a lot of glucose data points. However, to encourage correct representation of the data, we decided not to connect the points completely but to leave a space between the lines and the dots. We also made the lines slightly transparent in order to emphasize the entry points and not the lines.

To show or hide the lines, we've added two buttons to the bottom left of the graph:

Whichever setting you choose will be saved so that you don't have to change it every time you view your graph.