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This month, Abbott Diabetes Care gave me the opportunity to review their new FreeStyle CoPilot Health Management Software, which works with the Precision Xtra and Therasense glucose meters. I was especially anxious to look at this software because it also works with the data from my CoZmore insulin pump and glucose meter combo.
I eagerly installed the software and got started.
I selected the User Profile option, where I entered my personal information—name, address, e-mail address, password, insurance information, and so on.
In the Health Profile area, I entered information about the type of diabetes I have along with my height, weight and any other health conditions.
The Glucose Targets area allows the user to define what they consider to be high and low glucose levels and selected time periods like pre-breakfast, post-breakfast, bedtime and sleep time.
The Options area allowed me to choose specific settings for reports and general settings in the software.
Designed Like a Web Browser
The software is designed like a Web browser. There are several small icons for common tasks, such as reading data from a glucose meter, manually entering data, viewing reports, synchronizing with the CoPilot host computer, editing the current user profile and accessing the “help” system.
Five prominent buttons are located in the middle of the home screen: User List, Read Device, Manual Data Entry, View Reports and User Profile.
The FreeStyle CoPilot software offers a number of reports such as Logbook, Glucose Modal Day, Diary List, Lab and Exam, Glucose Line, Statistics, Glucose Average, Daily Combination, Glucose Histogram, Weekly Pump and Glucose Pie Chart. Each of these reports can be customized to your preferences.
A special version of the software is available for healthcare professionals.
The FreeStyle CoPilot software is free of charge and can be downloaded from the Abbott Web site. However, it is sizable, and downloading is recommended only if you have high-speed Internet access.
If you are using a regular dial-up line for your Internet connection, contact Abbott to get the software on CD for $14.95.
For more information, contact Abbott Customer Care at (888) 522-5226 or visit www.abbottdiabetescare.com.
Q. Will FreeStyle CoPilot run on a Macintosh personal computer?
A. No. Abbott does not plan to support the Macintosh computer.
Q. Is it possible to download multiple meters and merge the data?
A. Yes. FreeStyle CoPilot allows you to merge the data into a single database.
Q. Can I use one data cable for the Precision Xtra and FreeStyle glucose meters?
A. At the current time, different cables are needed for these meters.
Q. Does FreeStyle CoPilot download data from insulin pumps?
A. Yes. If you use the Deltec Cozmo insulin pump and the CoZmanager software, you can import the data from CoZmanager into FreeStyle CoPilot to create more detailed reports or graphs.
FreeStyle CoPilot works with the following meters and software:
The FreeStyle CoPilot software runs on several versions of Windows including Windows 98, NT, 2000, ME, and XP. You will need 30 MB of disk space, 64 MB of RAM, a serial or USB port, CD ROM drive and a video monitor with 1024 x 768 or higher screen resolution. A data cable, required for downloading from the glucose meter, can be purchased from Abbott for $14.95.
Mar 1, 2005