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Becton, Dickinson & Co. (BD) created BD “Interactiv” Diabetes Software, an easy-to-use program to help you to track and analyze the patterns in your blood glucose readings and insulin dosages.
Like a Browser
The software resembles a Web browser similar to what you use when accessing the Internet. It has tabs for several pages: Home Page, Meter Page, View Page, Setup Page, Print Page, Help and Exit.
The Home Page has options to download blood glucose readings from your BD glucose meter and view them on the screen or automatically send them to your printer. It also contains one-click access to Help, Interactive Tutorials and the BD Diabetes Web site.
The Meter Page offers options for downloading your blood glucose readings from your BD glucose meter. Note that it downloads data only from BD glucose meters.
The View Page is where you create easy-to-read charts, reports or graphs. The graphs and charts are color-coded: yellow = above target; green = in target range; red = below target.
The Setup Page lets you choose options for printing, units of measure (mg/dL or mmol/L), and allows you to create your user profiles. This software allows for more than one user and more than one glucose meter can be downloaded.
Uses Serial or USB Interface Cables
This software is the first on the market to allow downloading from a glucose meter using either serial or USB interface cables. It also can download 500 test results in less than 45 seconds. It can run in a home user mode or in a healthcare professional mode, which allows tracking of multiple users and is password protected.
And the Cost?
BD Interactiv Diabetes Software with USB or serial cable costs $39.99. Purchasing the software separately costs $9.99. The product can be purchased on the BD Web site, or you can call them at (888) 329-6297 to place an order for the software and cable. For more information, see www.BDdiabetes.com and look for the software under the “Blood Glucose Monitors” tab.
Q. Will the software run on a Mac computer?
A. No. It runs only on the Windows operating system (95, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP).
Q. Can BD Interactiv download data from other companies’ glucose meters?
A. No. The software is compatible only with BD glucose meters.
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