There has got to be a better way to analyze pump and meter data

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2015-01-20 09:56:25 -0600
Started 2015-01-17 15:35:55 -0600

I had yet another frustrating experience at the doctors office last week while trying to read the data downloaded from my pump with a medical student. The charts are generated from the data from my pump are so confusing to read. So for a medical student to try to analyze them and tell me what I needed to do was pretty much a joke. And I don't understand them very well either so I couldn't even show him what to look for. I keep track of my blood sugars at home on the awesome blood sugar log sheet from this site. But I have to input the numbers manually which takes a lot of time. But it is the most understandable way for me to read them. My doctor has dealt with the pump download enough that he does know what he is looking at but he didn't used to. So when someone new comes in I forgot how frustrating it can be. I just wish that there was an easy way to view the data from meters and pumps so that everyone understands. There are a lot of apps out there that try to but I haven't found one that really works well. So if any of you have a great program or app or something that works for you I would love to hear about it.

6 replies

MarkS 2015-01-20 09:56:25 -0600 Report

Hi Jeanette, I too use a Medtronic (just got a 530G with the Enlite sensor). I've been on a CGM for about 8 years and use the Medtronic Carelink software. Is that the software that you and your doctor use? One of the most important things is to look at small chunks of data, like less than 7 days to determine if there are any patterns that you see (e.g., do you always get low at night, does your blood sugar spike mid-afternoon, etc.). If you can recognize a pattern or trend (sometimes they are less than obvious) you can adjust your basal and/or bolus accordingly. I wish I could help more but not sure exactly what you are looking at when you state "the charts are confusing to read." Also, have you done any of the Carelink training videos? I believe they have one that is specific for the downloaded charts. Good luck. Mark

John Crowley
John Crowley 2015-01-19 14:48:51 -0600 Report

So here's some good news. A group out of California called Tidepool ( is working to create a standard for storing all diabetes data. The hope is, once the data is all stored in a predictable and universal format, that will allow developers to create applications that can then sort, display, analyze, and report the data in understandable ways. Today, because the data is not in a standardized and universal format, we basically only have manufacturers creating the reports and views of the data. They aren't good at that and so the tools we have are pretty ridiculous. But hopefully, the Tidepool project will succeed and we'll have better apps for analyzing soon.

Type1Lou 2015-01-17 17:26:16 -0600 Report

Jeannette, can you specify what pump you are using and what program the doctor's office is using? I have a Medtronic Minimed Revel 523 pump and use the Carelink software to download my pump information. Many doctor's offices have a professional Carelink program where they also download the info. I've found the Carelink information easy to read and understand so am uncertain what you are dealing with. I also keep a manual log so I can note any particulars about highs or lows I might experience and always bring that with me to the doctor's too.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2015-01-19 21:07:46 -0600 Report

I too have a medtronic pump. I am not sure what software my doctor uses to download, but whatever it is that he brings in during our appointments is always hard to read so it must not be the same program.