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MyNetDiary @ Indiana Dietetic Association Conference 2012


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MyNetDiary was invited by Indiana Dietetic Association to share experiences and best practices leveraging apps in RD work. Katherine Isacks, MyNetDiary's advisor presented on April 19, 2012.

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MyNetDiary @ Indiana Dietetic Association Conference 2012

  1. 1. Presented by Speaker: Katherine Isacks, MPS,RDIDA Conference April 2012 1
  2. 2. About One of the first calories tracking apps on the market, since 2008 Over 2 million users worldwide Available on iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry Diet tracking syncs online at  Online food, exercise tracking, planning, reporting  Community  Data sharingIDA Conference April 2012 2
  3. 3. Agenda Identify pros & cons of smartphone calorie tracking apps Provide criteria for assessing quality of a calorie tracker app Provide best practices leveraging apps in RD workIDA Conference April 2012 3
  4. 4. ProsLow cost to RD and client  Free and/or paid apps  Free and/or paid subscriptions Clients can usually afford even the highest subscription price ~ $60/yr Price of drinking one can of discounted soda everyday = $84/yr ($0.23/can)IDA Conference April 2012 4
  5. 5. Pros Educational  Dietary choices  kcal and nutrient intake  Net calories  weight control  Tracking works with all eating plans Interactive  Forum and friends allow for sharing and support  Anonymity helps the shy share too Empowering  Client “drives” – builds confidence and skillsIDA Conference April 2012 5
  6. 6. Cons Requires some start-up time for learning Requires use and comfort with smartphones and computer Not appropriate with eating disorders Supervised use with minors and those with medical conditionsIDA Conference April 2012 6
  7. 7. Criteria for AssessingQuality Goal setting Food database Speed & efficiency Summaries & reports Forum & community Support & upgrades Other featuresIDA Conference April 2012 7
  8. 8. Goal Setting Evidence-based equations? Default % Kcal from macronutrients? DRIs for nutrient levels? Goal setting clear to client? Can client customize goals? HELP screens available?IDA Conference April 2012 8
  9. 9. Food Database Size matters!  Look for a good mix of generic, brand, and restaurant foods Has both company-entered and contributed foods  Company-entered foods are quality-controlled  User-contributed foods help grow the database  User-contributed foods clearly identified Allow for custom entered foods & recipesIDA Conference April 2012 9
  10. 10. MyNetDiaryPhotoFood Service If something is missing or not up to date: send nutrition label photos from the app User-driven – photos are taken by users Company-entered, quality assuredIDA Conference April 2012 10
  11. 11. Speed & Efficiency How does the food search work?  Have to type complete words?  Auto search function as you type?  Favorites and commonly used items? Barcode scanning capability? Flexible units of measure for entering serving sizes? Easy to custom-enter foods, recipes, or meals?IDA Conference April 2012 11
  12. 12. Summaries & Reports Lose It! How is information summarized? How is information shared?  Within the system  To outside sources  Privacy More reports on web?IDA Conference April 2012 12
  13. 13. Sample Web ReportIDA Conference April 2012 13
  14. 14. Community & Forums Access to forum via app? Expertise of forum moderators? Groups & teams Facebook and TwitterIDA Conference April 2012 14
  15. 15. Support & Upgrades Does app have regular updates to improve functionality? Do buggy system problems get fixed? Can you contact anyone for help? Among top-ranking from your smartphone app store? Be aware of brand powerIDA Conference April 2012 15
  16. 16. Other Features Fun and enjoyable to use? Attractive colors, large enough font? Reminders built in? Does it track the important nutrients?IDA Conference April 2012 16
  17. 17. Best Practices in RD Work Practice settings: private practice, outpatient clinic Avoid trap of becoming client’s app support Great for some clients, not for others Calorie tracking apps are tools  Adjunct to care, not a replacementIDA Conference April 2012 17
  18. 18. Best Practices in RD Work Experiment with trackers first, before trying to include them in your practice Will you use the tracker for entering client data and reporting? Will you simply recommend the tracker for client’s use?IDA Conference April 2012 18
  19. 19. What’s Next Diabetes Tracking  Powerful MyNetDiary functionality  Blood glucose, insulin, medications tracking  Reports  ChartsIDA Conference April 2012 19
  20. 20. Parting Thoughts Questions? Thanks for showing an interest in this exciting new field. Good luck and best wishes!Katherine Isacks, MPS, RDConsulting Dietitian for MyNetDiaryIDA Conference April 2012 20