CareLink™ Personal software is designed for patients and is run via a website. This secure, online therapy management software downloads information from your pump which it turns into reports, allowing you to track patterns of your diabetes and therapy. As long as you have the CONTOUR PLUS LINK 2.4 meter from Bayer with you (if you use a MiniMed™ Veo™ insulin pump or a Guardian™ Real-Time) or the CONTOUR® PLUS LINK 2.4 meter (if you use a MiniMed™ 640G insulin pump), you can download information from your pump at home or anywhere that you have internet access. Just like a web email account, you just register and log in.
CareLink™ Pro software is designed for clinicians and hospitals and only available to healthcare professionals. Reports generated contain the same data from your pump as the CareLink Personal, but it contains more clinical details. The CareLink Pro software must be downloaded from a CD-ROM.
HOW USING CARELINK™ PERSONAL CAN HELP YOU
- To have greater control
A clinical study has shown that people using CareLink Personal software had improved control (HbA1c) when compared to people using insulin pump therapy without CareLink™ Personal software1. Investigators thought that this was because of “increased contact through the internet with their diabetes care providers”.
- To more easily identify patterns and problems
Easy to read reports can help you understand the effects of insulin, carbohydrates and exercise on your glucose levels.
- Work remotely with your healthcare provider
Between visits, your healthcare provider may review your CareLink Personal software information remotely to make more accurate therapy adjustments when needed.
- To get the most from one piece of software
CareLink can download a large range of common blood glucose (BG) meters. Entering these into the pump (using the Bolus Wizard®) allows you to download your BG readings through the pump all in one.
- Get a fuller picture
Using the continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) function of your insulin pump allows you to see a full picture of your glucose trends, insulin usage, BG readings, exercise etc. all in one place – without the need for log books.
Understanding the effects of insulin doses, eating habits, exercise routines and medication on your own personal glucose levels is key to improving your diabetes control. Information is presented in simple charts, graphs and tables to help you identify patterns and problems. This can help you and your health care professional to work out the root cause of low and high blood glucose levels at particular times.
Sharing your data with your clinic
CareLink’s unique functionality allows your healthcare professional to see your data from their hospital computer. If your clinic has the CareLink™ Pro software you can give them permission to access your account. This allows them to link from their computer to your online account and pull your downloaded data into their records, quickly and securely.
CARELINK™ PERSONAL REPORTS
CareLink™ Personal software makes it easier to track your blood glucose and sensor glucose levels, and to compare any changes with your daily activities and meals. The clear, simple reports contain charts, graphs and tables to show you these changes graphically and provide actual numeric values.
The list of report types that you can see may vary depending on the device(s) you have uploaded, but the descriptions below give you an overview of the different kinds of reports that you can choose from.
The most commonly used reports:
- Quick view summary report
Shows how your insulin delivery, your diet and your exercise patterns affect how well you are controlling your blood glucose and sensor glucose levels over a two-week period.
- Sensor daily overlay
Based on continuous glucose monitoring data for up to seven days. After choosing the seven days of glucose sensor tracings you want to see, this report layers each day’s report on top of each other for comparison.
- Sensor overlay by meal
Includes meal information recorded in the CareLink Personal logbook and data from the Bolus Wizard® calculator.
- Daily summary
Focuses on one day and provides three graphs, including meter and sensor glucose readings, insulin usage, the carbohydrates you have eaten and your exercise routines.
WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED
To get started with CareLink™ Personal you will need:
- Access to a computer running one of the following operating systems:
- Windows® 98SE/ME, 2000, XP, Vista (32 or 64 bit)
- Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit)
- Windows 8
- Mac OS 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
- A reliable Internet connection
- Microsoft® Internet Explorer version 5.5 (SP2) and higher, or Safari 4, 5 or 6.
- Adobe® Reader™ version 5.0 or higher
- A CareLink™ USB connectivity device (if you use a MiniMed Veo insulin pump or a Guardian Real-Time) the CONTOUR® PLUS LINK 2.4 meter from Bayer (if you use a MiniMed™ 640G insulin pump)
- A blood glucose monitor (with an appropriate cable if you would like to download this into CareLink Personal separately. You will need to ask your meter manufacturer for this cable)
HOW TO REGISTER
- Register on the CareLink™ Personal website: https://carelink.minimed.eu
- Follow the steps on the website to download your pump
Please remember not to connect your CareLink USB or your CONTOUR PLUS LINK 2.4 until the website tells you to.
From then on, all you will need each time you use CareLink™ is internet access, your CareLink™ USB (if you use a MiniMed™ Veo insulin pump or a Guardian™ Real-Time) or the CONTOUR PLUS LINK 2.4 meter from Bayer (if you use a MiniMed™ 640G insulin pump) and your insulin pump. It’s as easy as that!
Protecting your privacy and security
At Medtronic Diabetes, we care about the security of your personal information. CareLink™ Personal software complies with the strictest privacy regulations in the world, including Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines. The system also uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), a data encryption technology, which ensures that data is unreadable during the transfer.
Storing data in CareLink™ Personal software is often safer than storing it on a home computer system that is connected to the Internet. We use a three-tier architecture that puts the data behind three separate firewalls.
- Corriveau EA, Durso PJ, Kaufman ED, Skipper BJ, Laskaratos LA, Heintsman KB. Effect of Carelink, an Internet-based insulin pump monitoring system, on glycaemic control in rural and urban children with Type 1 diabetes mellitus. Pediatric Diabets. 2008;9(4, pt 2):360-366.