CoPilot® provides for easy database backup / restore to your system. From the Systems Settings page you can select your desired backup location. Database files are a .cpb file type. You can also archive data, but only to a XML document. Using Import under the Data Entry menu you can load archived XML data back to CoPilot®. We performed these task multiple times without issues.
Abbott's website is friendly to use, and they do provide good documentation of all their products. Their online users guide is much easier than scrolling through a PDF. My call to their Customer Support Center went smoothly and after a couple minutes I was greeted by a pleasant sounding woman who answered my question.
The CoPilot® Health Management System is a good program at retrieving data from your compatible meter and viewing that data through helpful charts and graphs. I think this will help diabetics to better understand not only thier body's blood sugar patterns but their testing pattern as well. Even though data entry for medications and general medical data is “institutional” in design and lacks refinement, it will do the job if your careful.
As a health management systems? NO, In my opinion the program needs to be more intuitive, faster and reliable when meal logging. There should also be an online database to speed up meal data entry. The lock ups were annoying but avoidable if you use a mouse.
Although we were not able to send data to a Health Care Provider, I think it would do that very well. If your HCP uses this software, and your doctor ask you to join their program, I can not see why you should not participate as long as food data is not required.
I found the data viewing helpful for my own diabetes management and for a free program there is no reason why someone should not find the CoPilot® Health Management Software beneficial for their diabetes management.
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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.
Although accurate and convenient for detecting type 2 diabetes and prediabetes in adults, current HbA1c cutoffs may not be enough to diagnose diabetes in children.
A 2010 clinical practice guideline from the American Diabetes Association recommends that physicians exclusively use the HbA1c assay to detect diabetes. The guidelines recommend a cutoff of 6.5% or greater for diagnosis.
However, researchers for two recent studies highlight significant vulnerabilities in the recommended test’s ability to diagnose diabetes and prediabetes in children.
Each year in the U.S. diabetes results in the amputation of about 65,700 legs or feet. About 85% of those began with a diabetic foot ulcer. And for Dr. David Schwegman, the mission to educate people about the issue is personal.
His father, a diabetic, had a foot ulcer that resulted in the amputation of his left leg, which contributed to his death, his son said.
"He became a statistic," Schwegman said. "He was one of the 50% of people that died within five years after having an amputation."