What Insights are calculated?
For all users, the app will calculate the percentage of your individual symptoms in relation to all the days for which you've documented a symptom. This way, you can see what your most dominant symptoms are for the days you exhibit a flare.
Currently, the app only looks at 3 or more consecutive days of symptoms to consider them flares. This is to eliminate noise from one-off bad days.
In addition, the app looks at which aggravators have been selected during days you experienced a flare. The app then lists the number of flares each aggravator has been associated with. The more times an aggravator is associated with flares, the more likely you would want to avoid this aggravator.
Then, depending on how long you have been using the app, it will generate a 1 month, 3 month or 6 month summary of your flares. It will provide a summary of how many flares you experienced in the past 1, 3 or 6 months, and what your main symptoms were.
Moreover, the app summarizes the amount of flare medications you have taken in the past 1, 3 or 6 months, listing the maximum dosage you have taken for a medication and the average consecutive days you took the medication. This is so you or your doctor can get a sense of how much NSAIDs or Prednisone you have been taking recently, and can be mindful of their side effects.
We hope these information can be helpful when you go to your doctor's appointment and want to provide a summary of how you've felt in the recent past.
To provide a comprehensive set of data to your physician, you can also go to the menu to Export Data, and then select the date range you want. The app will then prompt you to share that information in Excel format, to be either emailed to yourself or your physician.
What Insights are available to Premium Users?
For Premium users, we are rolling out a new feature looks for correlations between increases in specific symptoms and environmental aggravators and food groups.
Once you have made 5 entries for a particular symptom, the system will look for aggravators and food groups that were checked off whenever there was an increase in that symptom. Moreover, it will not only look at the aggravators and food groups that were checked off on the same day, but will also look at whether they were checked off on the day before an increase in symptoms. Once there is a correlation above the threshold of 40%, the app will display what percentage of time you checked off an aggravator or food when there was also an increase in a particular symptom.
This will help you identify environmental triggers in your life to avoid. How accurate these calculations are will also depend on how thoroughly you input your information.