I have a question/dilema, I have been using the contour usb meter for about a year or so and love it. I am a technology nerd and love the fact that I can connect it to my computer and print or email reports to my doctor. However my insurance ( mail order pharmacy) keeps sending me literature on the accu-check aviva and one touch meters hinting for me to change. I previously had used the one touch,and had ordered the data software, but so didn't like it because it reminded me of an old school 8-bit video game. I have not used the Accu-check and would like some opinions on this. Thanks!
It's called the Bayer Contour Choice program: http://www.bayercontour.com/Consumer-Registration-Page
If you have an iPhone iPod or the bigger iPad you could go with the iBGStar (link): it's the smallest, more integrated and I think really accurate meter a nerd could have ;-)
I have to say I was really pissed when my insurance company forced me to switch to Abbott freestyle lite strips and meters I so deperately wanted to hate it, but I am beginning to come around. Not only does the strip require way less blood than the one touch but it will not start until there is enough blood on the strip so I waste far fewer strips. The software has some really good reports and features and once I had input the basics it is easy to download the meter and see trends.
I have used the freestyle lite metter for years, but it does not feed the numbers into my pump, but I love, love, love, the small amount of blood you need and the fact if the strip does not suck up enough you can keep on trying on the same strip.
Small amount of blood and more than one chance to get the blood on the strip.
The omnipod pump uses the freestyle strips so that too makes a lot of sense to me. But I don't know how long that partnership will last. Omnipod is I believe partnering with the Dexcom people to make a fully integrated cgm/pump but I have no idea how soon that will make an appearance.
I love the FreeStyle too, but as with so many others, my insurance company mandates the brand of meter I use. Since I am on a Medicare Advantage Plan, I get my strips free - that is as long as I use the recommended meter. If I choose any other, even if the strips are cheaper than the ones I have to use, I have a copay. So, can you guess what I do? Yep, I change to their meter.
I've used the Accu-Check Aviva and liked it as well as I do any other meter, that is except the FreeStyle. That one will always remain my favorite.
any news on non invasive screening? are they any meters in use without pricking fingers?