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Review by Claude Royer
e-mail croyer@nortel.ca

I am the owner of a OneTouch II and use BloodPlot to log my glycemic readings on my computer. BloodPlot is a no-frills software package that I run on a Mac SE 30. The functions suppported include retrieval from the meter through the Mac serial port (printer or modem) and the plot of histograms of the measurements.

Data can be collected from the meter and dumped to an Excel file. Oddly, serial retrieval is possible only when the meter is preset to English, which is an inconvenience for a French speaking user like myself.

One can select the measurements to be included in the statistics according to the time they were recorded or the event code entered in the OneTouch meter. I find this latter option matches very closely my style of monitoring, as I use the event code to note whether the measurement was taken in a morning, noon or evening meal; or if it corresponds to an hyppo/hyperglycemic episode occuring at an odd time of the day.

The histograms are simple ASCII colomn plots, nothing spiffy. They can be saved and printed as Word files. Events or Time of Day can again be highlighted in aggregate plots through special symbol selection. Users interested in seeing the data plot along a time line will be disappointed, since this is not supported. However, I personally find that a statistical representation is probably more useful.

Overall, I would rate BloodPlot as good software, as it supports the essential features required to manage the data of the OneTouch II. However, it falls short on database management functions required to track data that might be important in some treatment styles, such as insulin intake or food calories.



                 
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