2022: Bhargavi Govardhanam ’23 launches diabetes management app on Google Play Store


Bhargavi Govardhanam is a Masters student in Computer Science in Hyderabad, India.

Android users can now use a new mobile app to monitor glucose levels, exercise, carb intake and medication logging, thanks to a UMass Dartmouth IT master student.

Bhargavi Govardhanam ’23 recently released Diaamiadjunct assistant professor Peeranuch LeSeureit is research project, “The development of a patient-centered diabetes application for self-management support in Portuguese patients with type 2 diabetes Millitus.” The prototype app, funded by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Pilgrim Fund at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, is an easy-to-use, user-centric app with no premium subscriptions or ads.

Help the local community

“I’ve worked on healthcare projects before, but never on something that has such a direct impact on a client,” Bharg said.ave. “I would be really happy if some of my work was used in the field of health and helping people. Several members of my family are doctors, so it’s cool to use my coding strengths to help impact the healthcare industry in my own way.

“Professor LeSeure’s research has revealed that citizens of Portuguese descent, who constitute a significant demographic group on the South Coast, are often disadvantaged when it comes to access to health services and medical care. DiaFriend is easy for everyone to use, but we made sure to include staple foods from the Portuguese diet in our calorie and carb counters.

Many apps exist for this purpose, but they are often filled with too many options, requirements, or advertisements, which confuse and frustrate users who are simply looking to track their food intake. DiaFriend is non-profit, providing a service for the good of a community, especially the underserved population of the South Coast.

Make the difference

Bhargavi, originally from Hyderabad, India, has worked on web development in a team before, but this was his first experience of developing a mobile app prototype, working freelance, and using the new software. Google user interface, Flutter.

Building a mobile app typically requires a full team of designers, developers, testers, and a full-time project manager. Alone, and with only 10 hours per week to work on the project, “simple” tasks like changing the shape of a logo, which requires several pages of code, could be considered a full day’s work.

“Although funding for my work on the app ended in March and the project wasn’t finished yet, I continued to work on it because it was for a worthy cause, and I wanted to put it on. online so it can help people and make a difference,” Bhargavi said. “I was able to pitch DiaFriend at UMassD’s ‘Share Your Research Series’ in late April and publish the app on the Google Play Store in June.

“During the presentation of the app, a student whose grandparents are of Portuguese origin said that he had tried other apps to monitor his health and lifestyle, but quickly became frustrated and abandoned them. He said DiaFriend was exactly the type of app they were looking for, which was the best feedback I could get as it means the app will have served its purpose!”

“We were very impressed with Bhargavi’s front-end development skills and ability to make the on-screen display look so modern and appealing,” said LeSeure. “She devoted a lot of time to self-education and worked closely with CIS professor and co-researcher, Shelley Zhangto better understand Flutter and develop the application.

A “jack of all trades”

Bhargavi, who also works as a student assistant for the university’s library digital systems and as a graduate assistant in the Office of Research Administration, has worked on 100-person web development teams. to support web pages from AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Walgreens and Walmart. , but credits this mobile app development for providing him with valuable lessons and experience with new technologies, as well as process and project management.

“Building this app was a great learning experience for me. I learned a new technology in Flutter and the full picture of the development process, which will help me develop my management skills when working as a team,” Bhargavi said. “It also opened up various opportunities for me, as several employers offered me offers.

“I really want to keep building more apps in the future. Today, wherever there’s a website, there’s a mobile app, and vice versa. Being able to build both makes me a bigger asset. valuable to my employer.

And after?

The DiaFriend prototype is designed in such a way that it can be used as a building block for many other applications in all fields. While working on other projects for her master’s degree, Bhargavi plans to code DiaFriend for the Apple App Store in her spare time, as the project has become very important to her and she wants as many people as possible to have access to help. .

Anyone, Portuguese, diabetic or not, can download DiaFriend from the Google Play Store to start monitoring their usage and activity levels.































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