By: John Hughes
This month we are taking a look at Accu-Chek Compass from Roche Diagnostics. This diabetes management software works with their Accu-Chek line of glucose meters.
Once the installation is finished, a quick double-click on the Accu-Chek Compass icon gets things started. The software impressed me because it immediately took me to the configuration screens for the system. I was able to configure which port my download cable was plugged into, blood glucose target ranges, information about all of my doctors and many other settings.
Accu-Chek Compass allows you to download blood glucose readings from your Accu-Chek glucose meter. You can also manually enter data into the Self-Test Diary. The Self-Test Diary allows you to enter blood glucose readings, date and time, insulin taken, carbohydrates consumed and exercise information, as well as whether it was before or after a meal.
To download data from an Accu-Chek glucose meter, you need the appropriate download cable from Roche. Since there are several different cables to choose from, or if you have more than one type of Accu-Chek meter, you may want to purchase the Universal cable from Roche for $50. It works with all of the Accu-Chek meters.
Accu-Chek Compass offers a number of different types of reports such as Logbook, Trend Graph, Average Day, Average Week, Target Range, Hypoglycemic Measurement and One-Page Summary. The One-Page Summary report allows you view up to three reports of your choice on one page.
Accu-Chek Compass also allows the user to create custom reports. These custom reports get added to the Navigation Bar in the Custom Reports section, so that you have quick access to the report.
Accu-Chek Compass is a good product if you use an Accu-Chek glucose meter, and it will help you analyze your blood glucose data and spot trends or patterns in that data. You can print out the various reports and take them with you to your next doctor’s appointment. Accu-Chek Compass also comes with a well-written user manual and a good online help system. I have not covered all of the options in this software, but for $29.99, it seems like a good investment.
For more information, contact Accu-Chek Customer Care at (800) 858-8072 or visit www.accu-chek.com.
Q. If I have different models of Accu-Chek glucose meters, will I be able to download data from all the meters into this software?
Q. Can I use this software if I do not use an Accu-Chek glucose meter?
A. Yes. It supports manual data entry, and then you can use all of the reports and other features in the software.
Q. Does Accu-Chek Compass run on a Macintosh computer?
A. No. It runs only on Microsoft Windows systems.
Q. Can I import data from the Accu-Chek Pocket Compass software for PDAs?
Accu-Chek Compass works with the following Accu-Chek glucose meters:
Accu-Chek Compass has the following system requirements:
- 50 MB of free hard-drive space
- 32 MB of RAM
- CD-ROM drive
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or greater
- Available serial COM port