Review of the CoPilot® Health Management System - Page 3

Food Log

The real shortcoming I feel in this software is the ease of entering any data manually into the software. Pulling up the correct data entry form is easy, but entering meals gave me a headache.

First; there is no food database. All food items must be added in and that takes some patience. First you click on the add food bar and enter the name of the food. Then you have to enter the servings or carbs. If you press tab, which is intuitive or mouse click in the desired field, the food is added to the list, and focus is placed on the serving's box of a new food item, not the food item you just typed in. If you do not see that, you enter the servings or carbs in the wrong line. We ended up with several lines each with part of the information we were adding to one food item. If you clear the food name and save or apply, the line is removed thus no erroneous data is saved but this bug is annoying.

Medical Records

Once you have been entering food items for a while, you discover that your list is rather long. As you type, the list will seek items based on characters and is not case sensitive, except that the list sorts food in a Numeric > Upper Case > Lower Case order. This places apple after Zucchini. 
Much of these errors can be corrected if you go to Customize Food List. There you can change the case of letters and hide foods from showing up in the drop down menus. You also are provided another field to add a serving size. The serving size is added to the foods description in parenthesis when you go to add a food later. Why this additional field could not be included when you originally create the food is curious.

Entering data into the other data types such as Weight, Medications etc.. are OK, but not elegant. They allow for in-depth record keeping of insulin's, medications, doctor visits, lab results and notes. I would like to see increased use of drop down boxes for things such as dosage units of measurement for known medications and doctors previously entered visited. I was able to select Glucophage as a medication from a drop down menu of meds and then enter 5000 as the dose with one pill. That drug is not available in more than a 1000mg size. Unless you add the mg there is no actual unit of measurement available or any input validation that such an error was made. I think applications intended for patents to use at home and convey information to their Health Care Provider should have more safe guards against bad data entry.

Southwestern Medical Center cardiologists have uncovered how a specific protein’s previously unsuspected role contributes to the deterioration of heart muscle in patients with diabetes. Investigators in the mouse study also have found a way to reverse the damage caused by this protein.

Recent headlines about cinnamon are the result of an accidental finding in a Maryland USDA research center. Incredibly, the catalyst was as American as good old apple pie, flavored with -- what else -- cinnamon. Scientists were testing the effects of various foods on blood sugar (glucose) levels. They expected the classic pie to have an adverse effect, but instead they found it actually helped lower blood glucose levels.

The researchers then took their surprising discovery and tested it in a small 60 patient study conducted in Pakistan, reporting in the journal Diabetes Care. All the patients had been treated for type 2, adult onset diabetes for several years and were taking anti-diabetic drugs to increase their insulin output. But they were not yet taking insulin to help process their blood glucose. The subjects were given small doses of cinnamon ranging from as little as a quarter teaspoon to less than 2 teaspoons a day for 40 days.