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Good News for Mac Lovers

By Karrie Hawbaker

Public Relations Manager

Posted:  4/4/2011 12:00 AM


A couple weeks back, Naomi talked about her logbook struggles and how CareLink® Therapy Management Software really helps her take control of her health. She’s not alone — CareLink is a very popular part of our integrated system. Customers tell us they really like seeing the cause-and-effect relationships in all those colorful charts, graphs, and tables. And it’s really helpful to be able to share and discuss them with your endo.

But the biggest complaint that we’ve received about CareLink is that it’s not compatible with a Mac….until now.

That’s right, today we launched CareLink Personal 5.4 Therapy Management Software for the Mac OS platform in the United States! Not only does CareLink work with your Mac, but it supports over 35 meters, including meters with that do not have Mac support through their meter manufacturer.

If you’d like more information on how to set up your account and upload data, check out the help and support section of our web site for specific instructions.


- Medtronic Diabetes insulin infusion pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems and associated components are limited to sale by or on the order of a physician and should only be used under the direction of a healthcare professional familiar with the risks associated with the use of these systems.

- Successful operation of the insulin infusion pumps and/or continuous glucose monitoring systems requires adequate vision and hearing to recognize alerts and alarms.

Medtronic Diabetes Insulin Infusion Pumps

- Insulin pump therapy is not recommended for individuals who are unable or unwilling to perform a minimum of four blood glucose tests per day.

- Insulin pumps use rapid-acting insulin. If your insulin delivery is interrupted for any reason, you must be prepared to replace the missed insulin immediately.

Medtronic Diabetes Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Systems

- The information provided by CGM systems is intended to supplement, not replace, blood glucose information obtained using a home glucose meter. A confirmatory fingerstick is required prior to treatment.

- Insertion of a glucose sensor may cause bleeding or irritation at the insertion site. Consult a physician immediately if you experience significant pain or if you suspect that the site is infected.

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André Desjardins

Posted on Wed Apr 06 04:05:46 GMT 2011

I am a MAC user, is there someone that can show me where I cn get a MAC version of CARE LINK,

I have bin using pre april foul day Windows XP under Parrallel destop, but I cnt use it any more...

Amanda Sheldon

Posted on Wed Apr 06 23:41:49 GMT 2011

@Andre For help with CareLink you can visit or call the helpline at 800-646-4633, option 1.

Steve Roebuck

Posted on Thu Apr 07 08:46:40 GMT 2011

I was able to use Carelink for the MAC soon after it was released for an hour or so (on 4th April) however it no longer seems to work - I now get the Compatibility Page stating it only works for Internet Explorer and Windows.
Has the MAC version been disabled for non USA countries (I am in the UK) ?

Keith Beeby

Posted on Thu Apr 07 11:43:25 GMT 2011

CareLink for Mac users isn't working for UK customers :(

Any idea when this will be fixed?

Amanda Sheldon

Posted on Thu Apr 07 20:05:00 GMT 2011

@Steve and Keith – CareLink Personal for Mac is currently only available in the US.

Justin Berry

Posted on Sun Apr 10 20:54:26 GMT 2011

I've been trying to upload my pump and it just isn't completing the cycle. It gets to about 30%-40% and then it stops and says I need to check the battery and position the pump closer to the Carelink USB device. Well my pump has a battery that is about 3 hours old and the pump is either sitting right next to the Carelink USB or sitting on it. Can't get any closer. Finally getting a Mac version is awesome, now I just need it to work!


Posted on Mon Apr 11 10:32:11 GMT 2011

Can you please explain why Carelink is available on the Mac only in the US? I can think of no reason why you would place this restriction. It's completely crazy. Thanks.

Karrie Hawbaker

Posted on Tue Apr 12 00:30:12 GMT 2011

@Justin Sorry to hear you’re having problems. If you give our helpline a shout at 1.800.646.4633 option 1, they’ll be happy to help you out.

@Julia We are working to get CareLink Personal with Mac compatibility available in all countries as soon as possible. However, before releasing our products in a geographic region (such as Europe), we are required to complete translations of all documents for the languages spoken throughout that region. We strive to get our products released to our users as quickly as possible and will keep you posted here at The LOOP when CareLink Personal for Mac is available in your region.


Posted on Wed Jun 01 16:15:08 GMT 2011

so you need translations for the UK?


Posted on Sun Jul 10 09:08:53 GMT 2011

I'm in Australia and find it ironic that even though I have to access the US site ( website to get to the Carelink software, I can't use my Mac to do so (when I log in I still get the Compatibility page telling me I need a PC).

The excuse that translations are required, especially for english speaking countries who have to access the US site, is extremely disappointing. It's been 3 months since your announcement and still nothing??

For a company that is supposed to be at the cutting edge of diabetes management, I'm pretty disappointed in the lack of cutting edge technology to support it.

You made an announcement about Mac compatibility that comes to customers all over the world and get our hopes up, only to leave us bitterly disappointed. Sorry guys at Medtronic - FAIL.

Amanda Sheldon

Posted on Tue Jul 12 23:13:00 GMT 2011

@Karoline Thank you for your comment. You are correct that you cannot access CareLink on a Mac computer outside of the U.S. We have not released the international version yet, as it requires additional approvals and translations including translating metric systems. We understand that there is interest in many countries for Mac support for CareLink and we are working diligently to bring this version to market.

Kevin Rau

Posted on Tue Sep 06 16:19:04 GMT 2011

I was glad to be able to use care link on my macbook for a month...until I upgraded. to OSX 10.7...then care link won't work again....very disappointing. It only works with outdated software. The release of 10.7 wasn't a secret and Medtronic should have planned for it. I have to agree that the whole situation with technology is handled poorly. I can no longer review the results of my CGMS at home. Of course, I've called for support before since those results are so inaccurate as well. So very disappointing.


Posted on Thu Sep 08 17:54:00 GMT 2011

@Kevin Thanks for your feedback. We hear your frustration with CareLink Personal not yet approved for use with Mac OS 10.7/Lion and apologize for the inconvenience.

At the time we tested CareLink Personal for Mac, Apple had not yet fully launched the Mac OS 10.7/Lion system, so we couldn’t fully test the new system with our software. To make sure we tested and built all appropriate requirements, it was very important that we waited until the new system was officially released to begin our testing. We’re now working on a version of CareLink Personal that is compatible with Mac OS 10.7, which will be available once we have FDA approval.


Posted on Fri Sep 16 19:48:36 GMT 2011

CareLink is now available in the UK. It seemed to go live about a week ago and I had an e-mail from Medtronic support in the UK. However, it does not yet work with Lion as others have said.


In the e-mail I received from Medtronic support, it states that Lion comparability will be sorted by the end of the year..

I am really chuffed that finally I will not need to fire-up a Windows XP session with virualisation software just to use an internet portal system!

I just hope that Medtronic keep up with the way Apple push out updates on Safari etc automatically and when things like Safari, or Java are updated we are not shut out in the cold...

... I know from the past when Java has been updated for Windows, that compatibility with CareLink has been lagging by some weeks.

I wonder if Medtronic involve themselves in the Apple Developers programs where developers get to see pre-release software to to ready themselves for updates?


Posted on Mon Sep 19 16:10:00 GMT 2011

@Timothy glad to hear you're so excited about the international release of CareLink Personal for Mac (we are too!) I know the fact that CareLink isn’t yet approved for use with Lion is frustrating. So, I thought some additional context around the software development and regulatory approval process for a program like CareLink might be helpful. It can take several months to develop and test any changes that may need to be made due to a new OS. Like other companies, we begin testing with Beta version of a new OS (like Lion). But, we cannot complete the development process until the final version of the software is released (as mentioned in our reply to @Kevin above). And, unlike a lot of other companies whose software is not “medical device software”, once all qualifications testing is complete, CareLink has to be approved by regulatory agencies to ensure it is safe and effective, which can take several months. All combined, this creates a time lag between the release of a new OS and the release of new version of CareLink. I know the time delay can be frustrating, but the development, testing and regulatory approval process are designed to protect the safety of people who rely on healthcare software to manage their diabetes. We do everything we can to get new updates to the market as soon as possible.

Mark Shinn

Posted on Thu Oct 06 12:30:02 GMT 2011

Please get the Carelink software compatible with OS 10.7 Lion. It shouldn't take this long. Tracking using the CGM is not a hobby for us parents, and this product and software is critical to our success.

Philip L.

Posted on Sat Oct 15 21:02:06 GMT 2011

I too, was surprised by Lion causing incompatibilities with CareLink, however, in Medtronic's defense, this isn't some trivial piece of software to develop. It can have real lasting consequences due to something like a small variable being handled incorrectly, which is why the FDA has stringent requirements for testing and ensuring that the software is safe for use.

CareLink isn't the only software that has to be updated to use Lion, and these things sometimes take time, regardless of whether there is a beta release or not. This is why it is not always best to rush into upgrading to the "latest and greatest" simply because one can. I feel for the posters here, however, I'm sure you'd rather have software that delivers correct results and has been put thru the wringer, especially when your life can depend on it.


Posted on Mon Oct 31 13:29:17 GMT 2011

I cannot believe that a fix for Lion hasn't been worked out yet; please try to get this figured out.

Sandra Lambert

Posted on Tue Nov 08 03:53:13 GMT 2011

I also haveLion and need to use this program on my computer. Can you please upgrade to 10.7

kunji schomkaer

Posted on Sat Nov 12 03:10:44 GMT 2011

Please get care link to work with Lion. I just purchased the sensor and I want to be able to access the data with care link. I don't want to have to do it at work because of the sensitive nature of the data. Thank you will advance for letting me know the status and when it is ready.

Healthcare Software

Posted on Mon Nov 14 05:50:22 GMT 2011

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Posted on Thu Nov 17 04:26:52 GMT 2011

You should be embarrassed that you do not yet have a version of this software that works with OSX Lion. The days of a single-OS world ended long ago. Welcome to the 21st're lucky insurers protect your business.


Posted on Tue Nov 22 12:24:52 GMT 2011

Whilst I can understand and accept the explanations about development and regulatory approval processes for the Carelink system, is it not possible to give a realistic estimate for approval and release of the Mac OSX Lion compatible system in the UK...?
I've been using the PC based system for several years and it is extremely useful, but it's a complete pain, and very time consuming, to have to use it through my work computer and network.


Posted on Thu Dec 01 10:44:38 GMT 2011

1. I use a Mac OSX 10.6.8, I can upload just fine, but when I try to see the reports, I can see one report, but when I try to look at another report it won't show. IF I go back to the home page, and then back to Reports, I can again look at ONE report, and then have to go through this each time I want to see a different report, or even the same type of report but with different dates. Is there a way to fix this?

2. I add my plea to the others for OSX Lion.....I need to upgrade an this is holding me back. Mobile me is going away, and icloud requires Lion. Help!!!


Lisa Ericson

Posted on Sun Dec 04 23:09:01 GMT 2011

I went through this issue YEARS ago. When I was asked about upgrading to the Revel I specifically asked if I could use my Mac to upload data as well as read it. Sadly, i feel mislead. Most Mac users probably upgrade to Lion at some point if they have not done so yet. We have been using Lion for the past several months. I feel very frustrated that after all these years I am unable to use Carelink with my Mac. Christmas is in a few weeks and I have a lot going on like many..... and would have delayed getting the Revel until the Mac soultion is resolved


Posted on Wed Dec 07 17:28:22 GMT 2011

I would just like to add that when we had purchased this equipment a few years ago we weren't told it WASN'T mac compatible and in the years since have never been told by anyone that it ever became mac compatible. Thus we paid for it out of pocket only to be told 'sorry not mac compatible and oh you can't return it for a refund.' Now we have found it to be mac compatible BUT sorry - not Lion. FRUSTRATING to say the least. We have been using an iPhone/Pod/Pad application to register my daughter's blood sugar. It has to be done manually but the reading history can be emailed and then opened with Numbers or Excel and modified if needed.


Posted on Wed Dec 07 22:49:00 GMT 2011

@Lisa Please know we are working very hard on updating CareLink to be compatible with Mac OS 10.7/Lion. I know the time delay can be frustrating, but the development, testing and regulatory approval process are designed to protect the safety of people who rely on healthcare software to manage their diabetes.


Posted on Tue Dec 20 10:06:12 GMT 2011

Lion was released back in April, with most of the basics out to developers for over almost a full year prior to its release. There are those of us who rely on up-to-date Macs in order to be compatible and competitive with others in our professions. The time delay in getting CareLink compatibility is frustrating because it affects the safety of people who, as a result, do NOT have access to up-to-date healthcare software to manage their diabetes.


Posted on Wed Dec 21 19:41:08 GMT 2011

Any progress with this issue? I just received a MacBook with Lion and am now CareLink-less. Poor form guys. How long did Windows 7 users have to wait when they upgraded?


Posted on Wed Dec 21 23:53:26 GMT 2011

I would add my voice to the choir demanding an upgrade to your software. We need Lion to work. It is irritating that a "cutting edge" company like Medtronic can't keep pace. How long did the windows 7 folks go unsupported?


Posted on Fri Dec 23 21:27:31 GMT 2011

Dear Medtronic, I'm shocked to read that the CareLink isn't available for Mac OS 10.7 and this since such a long time.
It is bad enough that you do not offer a non web based SW version. This is a reason to change the pump supplier as soon as the contract runs out!
The excuses are more than irritating. Can I get a official statement from the responsible product manager of the medtronic insulin pump on this issue?
Thanks a lot.


Posted on Sat Dec 24 02:06:00 GMT 2011

@Thomas I’m very sorry you’re upset that CareLink isn’t yet approved for use with Lion. I know the situation is very frustrating. Like other companies, we begin testing with Beta version of a new OS (like Lion) but then complete the development process once the final version of the software is released. However, unlike a lot of other companies, CareLink is “medical device software”. Therefore, once all qualifications testing is complete, it has to be approved by regulatory agencies to ensure it is safe and effective, which can take several months. All combined, this creates a time lag between the release of a new OS and the release of new version of CareLink. I know the time delay can be frustrating, but the development, testing and regulatory approval process are designed to protect the safety of people like you who rely on healthcare software to manage their diabetes. Please know that Medtronic does everything we can to get new updates to the market as soon as possible.


Posted on Tue Jan 03 11:27:31 GMT 2012

How long did the Windows 7 users have to wait for their upgrade to work? I'm guessing not months. I am at my wits end over the recent changes within Minimed and will look to other sources for insulin pumps if this cannot be sorted soon.


Posted on Tue Jan 03 16:44:10 GMT 2012

I understand the delay due to regulatory approval requirements. I too have now lost the ability to download and view my pump and CGMS data, as well as to best-manage my diabetes based on this info since upgrading. ( and discovering the incompatibility afterwards) Karen: would it be possible to at least inform us of a timeline for the update to be available to us? Thanks


Posted on Wed Jan 04 16:11:50 GMT 2012

@Jim Thanks so much for understanding. Unfortunately, I can’t speculate on regulatory timelines. Please know, though, that we’ll be sure to share the news as soon as we have it!


Posted on Tue Jan 31 17:01:04 GMT 2012

OK guys, 26 days and no update? Please hurry, this is hurting my ability to manage my disease properly. Could you please supply the regulation that requires approval when the OS of a home computer changes?


Posted on Mon Feb 13 20:32:47 GMT 2012

Hi everyone – just wanted to share the good news that CareLink Personal is now available for Mac OSX Lion. You can find more information here:


Posted on Fri Aug 03 20:26:22 GMT 2012

I have a new MacBook Pro with 3.0 USB ports and can no longer use the CareLink USB. I was told by Medtronic technical support that the CareLink USB only supports a 2.0 USB port. This is a MAJOR problem as I use CareLink personally and with my endocrinology team. We need Medtronic to develop a CareLink USB for the new 3.0 USB ports. Has anyone found a solution for this problem while we wait for Medtronic to develop this?
Thanks in advance!


Posted on Sat Aug 11 23:56:12 GMT 2012

Hi Barbara – I’m very sorry, but right now the CareLink USB only supports a 2.0 USB port. We are working on addressing this and, once we have a solution, we’ll be sure to let our community know.

Jim Washburn

Posted on Fri Apr 12 02:06:00 GMT 2013

Any update on a Carelink adapter for USB 3.0 ? This USB technology has been available to consumers for over three years now.

Thank you


Posted on Mon Apr 15 16:39:26 GMT 2013

Great question Jim, glad you asked. You may upload your BG meter, pump, and CGM information directly into CareLink from a USB 3.0 port using the Bayer CONTOUR NEXT LINK BG meter. For further details visit You may also find upload steps within CareLink Personal by following these steps:
1) Log in to CareLink Personal
2) Click on “Help”
3) Expand the “Upload” section
4) Read the “Connecting devices to your computer” section


Posted on Wed Apr 16 17:09:30 GMT 2014

The Carelink page does not work for the latest version of FireFox or Safari or the latest Mac OSX Mavericks. I cannot open it on my Mac. I even tried on my Windows PC and the page would not open due to browser incompatibility. Come on Minimed. My doctor wants readings and I can't send them because I don't have access to the software.


Posted on Thu Apr 17 01:44:00 GMT 2014

2. Hi MM. I understand your frustration and I’m sorry you’re having issues uploading your reports. CareLink is considered medical device software, and updates are required to go through government regulatory process. This process can take many months, creating a time lag of our new version of CareLink. To see our latest CareLink support information please visit - If there’s anything else I can do to help or if you’d like me to connect you with a member of my team to help answer any additional questions, please let me know.

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