Dottli is the diabetes app that helps monitor and manage diabetes better.

Dottli app announcement at ULF
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Dottli @ Upgraded Life Festival 2016

On May 31st 2016, Vesa Kemppainen, CEO of Dottli unveiled our new mobile application in front of a packed audience at the main stage of Upgraded Life Festival 2016.

Speaking at the event, Vesa highlighted how the Dottli app helps track and manage health better while providing a rewarding experience. Our first area of focus is Diabetes and we can already offer something extraordinary with our application. With Dottli people can chat with friends, share daily activities and key health parameters. As a result one can get strength and motivation to improve health from peers.

We also gave a brief look into our future plans during the announcement. In the future, Dottli will be a hub for all medical and health data. It will be your personal health record, where one can manage and share health details selectively. As a hub for connected health apps and devices and with its cloud-based intelligence, Dottli can also provide real-time support for personal health goals.

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About Upgraded Life Festival

Upgraded Life Festival is where rising stars of Finnish and Scandinavian healthtech meet more established innovators across the industry. The event is organized by the health startup community in Finland, and coordinated by the non-profit Finnish health startup association HealthSPA. Many local Finnish and global stars of the industry shared their stories at the event most noteworthy amongst others were Eric Friedman, CTO & Co-founder of Fitbit, Stephen Johnston, Co-founder of Aging 2.0 and Marko Ahtisaari, CEO of The Sync Project.

Dottli was one of the three start-ups that announced a new product at the event. Our stand at the show floor was very busy through the day. In addition to the announcement, we had many interested visitors who were keen to know more about the app. Our team had a great time demoing the app and the innovative features that help manage and track diabetes better. The feedback and response was very positive and has given us a platform to build further on our product offering. Our presence at the Upgraded Life Festival 2016 was a great success and a very rewarding experience.

Dottli App announcement demo stand at ULF 2016

 

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Combating Diabetes Burnout with Grassroots Peer Support

We’ve all been there. When you are so full of managing diabetes that even the most basic logging of values is too much. When diabetes burnout strikes, even measuring your BG can be too much. When you grow weary of diabetes, you easily prioritize everything above it. It’s totally understandable and I, for one, have been there many times. Usually when I’m there, I try to take part in my diabetes association’s peer support activities. When I’m with my fellow diabetics, I remember that diabetes is not all bad. It has brought joy and new friends into my life as well. And that makes diabetes easier to bear.

But sometimes it’s not possible to attend such activities and draw strength from my diabetic companions. How does one upkeep logging routine when the skies keep crashing down and there are no live meets happening? Well, online groups work great! There are a lot of Facebook and other discussion groups that can really empower a diabetic. But another option is grassroots peer support.

When you meet other diabetics in real life or online, you rarely go very deep into your diabetes management routines. You discuss your feelings and often talk about everything but diabetes and it still makes it easier to cope with diabetes stress. Grassroots peer support is about sharing your every BG value, carb intake, boluses and exercises with other diabetics. Everything you would normally log to your diabetes app, gets shared with one or two of your diabetic friends, parents or even your doctor!

That’s the best thing about the Dottli app. When I have been on a blood glucose rollercoaster for a day, nothing cheers me up better than my diabetic friends’ encouraging words in our Dottli chat. It’s like those popular IM apps, but with diabetes information mixed in. I get notifications when someone says something (I can turn off notifications for value log entries). And it’s always “nice” to see others have their share of those rollercoaster days too! 🙂 It reminds me no one is perfect when it comes to managing type 1 diabetes.

This grassroots peer support is a nice addition to live meetings and Facebook group channels. Those mediums can’t provide this kind of support and I’m so glad I have this thing. It makes logging values and managing diabetes almost fun! 🙂

– Miika Rautiainen
One of the diabetics at Dottli