Posts Tagged ‘app’

Another App – Which is healthier?

March 14, 2012

And while I am thinking about apps, this came to me while watching two ladies shopping at Costco. The problem these two were wrestling with:

Which of these two coffee creamers is lower in calories?

To complicate their analysis, one creamer quoted per 1/2 oz serving, and the other quoted per 3/4 oz serving. The ladies commented that they used about 2 oz per cup of coffee…  But there is a generic problem:

Which choice of (name your product) is healthier?

Food labels are required to state these standard dimensions of food nutritional value:

1) grams of saturated fat, 2) grams of trans-fat, 3) grams of sodium, 4) grams of carbohydrates, 5) grams of fiber, 6) grams of sugar, and 7) grams of protein.

Amazon’s Price Check app scans the bar code of a product and presents a long list of merchants and the prices they charge. With just a little twist on this app and a database to refer to, this kind of app could compare two items (or heck, why not three or four) and graph the seven nutritional statistics for an easy visual comparison.

Compare:

  • Doritos to Cheetos, or
  • Pork bacon to turkey bacon, or
  • Jimmy Dean biscuits to Hot Pockets, or …

Just try it. It takes quite a while to compare by looking at the packages, but if you had a trusty app… Well, maybe there is an “app for that!”  But, not that I know of.

Hmmm…  I’ll “talk this up” with some friends and see what it would take to make “an app for that!”

DING – Take Your Medication!

March 14, 2012

My veterinarian has our poor kitty cat on medication with this schedule for pill #1 ( a steroid):

1 pill twice a day with food for 3-1/2 days, then 1 pill once a day for 3 days, then 1 pill every other day until gone;

and pill #2 (an anti-inflammatory):

1 pill twice a day until gone.

I am saying to myself, “This is a little bit complicated…”, so I spent a few minutes sitting with the Vet’s receptionist before I left, and we created four calendar events together that she e-mailed to me while I watched. I immediately whipped out my trusty iPhone in the office, retrieved my e-mail, and “added” the calendar event to my “home calendar”.  And, presto-chango, I now get an alarm whenever Misha needs to get her medicine. It took us about six minutes to make the calendar events, send them by e-mail, and then delete them from the receptionist’s Outlook account.

These are standard “.ics” calendar files that Windows Outlook, Google Calendar, Yahoo Calendar, Mac iCal, Thunderbird, Sea Monkey, your Windows phone, Android phone or iPhone will all understand –  and a slew of applications I don’t even know about will understand these files, too – even Lotus Notes likes the ics files… See IETF RFC 5545 for more info.

So simple – every pharmacy should do this when they print the medication label!  With so many people taking multiple medications – and older people taking medication that they do not manage well because they forget, you would think that this would be a “no-brainer”. The “app” that prints the label could do the calendar events and e-mail them – if those application writers were thinking just a little harder than they seem to be…