Review of the CoPilot® Health Management System - Page 2

Data Importing

Before you can import data from your meter, you will need to install the device drivers that came with your cable and then connect your meter to the cable. It is a 2.5mm mini plug. Our test meter, a FreedomStyle® Lite displayed PC when connected. It says PC when the cable is plugged in even if the USB side is not connected to your computer. Once connected you press the Read Device button on the programs Home Page and the data is transferred to your PC. On the first transfer you will be asked to assign the device to a user. It appears they read the serial number and assign each device to a specific user. I nice feature was CoPilot® tellijng me to check the time settings on my meter. I had forgot to change the time for day light savings time.

Reports/ Charts / Graphs

Once imported you have the option to view many different charts, each providing a useful visual representation of your glucose and testing patterns.

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Two week Glucose Summary with Logbook
Two Week Summary
Diary List
Diary List
Glucose Modal Day
Modal Day
Glucose Line
Glucose Average
Glucose Histogram
Glucose Pie Chart
Pie Chart
Logbook Report

The Logbook Report is particularly useful because it provides a good visual record on how many times a day you are measuring and which times. Each day is on one line and you can easily see if  you are taking too many readings or  not enough readings at certain times of the day.
Summary reports combine a Modal Day Report with a Log and Pie chart. This is a good report to print and take to your doctor or diabetes counselor to give them a quick look at your daily blood sugar patterns.
The Diary List is a master list of all entries in the database. To customize this report your right click on a column header and select Customize Columns. A small module pops up and gives you the option to drag in new column categories or drag existing categories away and drop them in the box. You might find this useful if you have data that is too long for the cell it is in which forces a word wrap and a taller line height. By removing unneeded columns your data can spread out and give a lower line height. If you have a long report this could greatly reduce the page count.

The CoPilot® Health Management System version 4.2 can upload data from:
  • FreeStyle Lite® Blood Glucose Monitoring System
  • FreeStyle Freedom Lite® Blood Glucose Monitoring System
  • FreeStyle Flash® Blood Glucose Monitoring System
  • FreeStyle Freedom® Blood Glucose Monitoring System
  • Precision Xtra® Blood Glucose & Ketone Monitoring System
  • Optium and OptiumEZ Blood Glucose Monitoring System
  • CozMore® Insulin Technology System (via CoZmanager® import)
CoPilot® System Requirements

Microsoft® Windows® 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), Windows® XP (32 bit), Windows® Vista (32 and 64 bit).
The CoPilot System does not run on Apple computers.
Monitor with 1024x768 or higher resolution.
RS-232 Serial port, or USB port Data cable, required for uploading data from compatible meters. Additional information is available for data cables.

What I need to know about Diabetes Medicines.

Being a border city has advantages and disadvantages, one disadvantage is having to always refer to imperial and metric units against your will. Sometimes you end up with a strange mix, I usually refer to temperature in the summer in F and temperature in the winter seems to make more sense in C.
If you know anyone in the US and have ever had a conversation about blood sugar, it may surprise you to hear how happy they are to have their fasting sugars below 100 (which in Canada would equate to about 5.5), or them to hear you explain how you had a SLIGHT low of 3.5 (which in the US would actually equate to 63).