With the launch of CamAPS FX, I’ve been lucky enough to get hold of it to try out and see how it works.
Firstly, thanks to John Hughes at Advanced Therapeutics for lending me a trial DanaRS pump to use with the system and secondly, thanks to Roman Horvorka for giving me the opportunity to try it out.
To use it you require a DanaRS pump, a Dexcom G6 CGM and an Android phone.
I’ve put the app on my Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G, so we’ll have to see how that particular piece of hardware works with it.
As we know from the press release, normally to the consumer it would be £70 per month, however I’ve been given the opportunity to try it out for free and see how it gets on versus the DIYAPS systems that I am more familiar with.
Over the next few weeks there will be videos and comparisons of performance and we’ll see how it compares to those DIY systems.
Firstly, let’s look at setting it up and getting going.
Set-up is a reasonably simple process, where the team had been given the serial number of my pump so that I can use the app. If they don’t have an approved serial number, it doesn’t work.
Setup is incredibly simple and doesn’t require any significant diabetes engagement. You pair the pump with the phone via the app (an incredibly easy process thanks to the DanaRS, as easy as AndroidAPS), then off you go.
Once the pump is paired, three pieces of information are required:
- You are asked to enter your weight (in kilograms);
- Your average TDD over the last five days;
- Finally I had to enter the serial number of my Dexcom G6 transmitter – I assume this is one time only as it was for the setup.
And that’s it. No setting up basal rates, no testing settings, no set-up of carb ratio or insulin sensitivity factor. It’s boom and off you go.
With a half hour wait for the transmitter to pair, that was it. There’s a bit of a brief fly through next, looking at the various options in the system, and we’ll come back to glucose targets and how it gets on in the next post…
Whilst you’re setting up, you might also want to add your Diasend details in the Share option to give you some decent reporting on your insulin usage, glucose levels, etc…