{D-Product Alert} Telcare Meter

by Leighann on January 9, 2012

On April 25, 2010, I uploaded a video to YouTube as my entry into the Diabetes Mine Design Challenge. My concept: A blood glucose meter that used WIFI or cellular service to send a message to caregivers alerting them of their child’s blood sugar reading.

My Diabetes Mine Design Challenge entry:

If you watch the Telcare video for this new meter, at about the 3:00 minute mark, you see that it acts very much like the meter I described.

Telcare‘s product video:

I haven’t seen this meter in action, but there was an article in the Wall Street Journal, Diabetic Tester That Talks to iPhones and Doctors by Walt Mossberg, this weekend describing his experience with it.

Mossberg says “Despite some drawbacks, including a high price, I recommend the Telcare be considered by diabetics who want a better substitute for paper logs, or would benefit from real-time sharing of their readings.”

Mossberg’s Video:

(E-mail and feed subscribers click over for embedded videos.)

Kerri of Six Until Me also wrote her initial thoughts on the meter, Checking Out Telcare.

I’m interested to see this meter in action. A meter that gives the option of wirelessly sending BG readings to a caregiver would be useful in school, sports, or play date situations.

We use a very bare bones paper logbook mostly because I haven’t found a good way to download meter data in a meaningful (to me) way. I would love to see data automatically pop on on my iPhone or iPad.

For me I need an easy to use meter (that my seven-year-old can operate without help), that gives few errors (especially because a seven-year-old is a moving target), good accuracy, and great insurance coverage. I’m keeping my eye on this product. And you know what they say: innovation drives competition.

Can you believe how many diabetes products have had announcements since the beginning of the year? (See links below.)

What do you think? Would it be useful to get an alert when your child tests her blood sugar?

Further Reading

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tonya January 9, 2012 at 9:21 am

Great info, Great idea, and Great submission to the DiabetesMine Design Challenge!! Thank you for posting!

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2 Shana Fisher January 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm

It would be awesome to get an alert when my daughter tests her blood sugar. She’s 9 at does it by herself at school so I’m always wondering how she’s doing. It would also be great to know when she’s with friends or family or at the occasional sleep over!!

How cool that you submitted this idea!!!

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3 Leighann January 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I can’t take credit for the Telcare meter. But I thought it was so interesting that I voiced a need for a meter that would alert caregivers almost 2 years ago and there is finally one on the market.

Wouldn’t that be great to know when our kids test?

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4 Shana Fisher January 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Well, you can at least take credit for having a great idea! My next post is on the lack of technology in the world of diabetes so it’s interesting to hear that you voiced this need almost 2 years ago.

I’m sitting at my desk now wondering if my daughter tested today (even though I KNOW she did), when she tested and what her #’s were. If only it were sent to my phone!! 🙂

Thanks for this great post!

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5 Julia January 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm

You bet this would be helpful! It would eliminate a few phone calls where I have to track her down to get her numbers. It would give our teen a lot more freedom; the meter would just send us the number. Many times we are anxious to know the number, but do not check until she gets home as she is self managed (we check during the school day only when we are having problems). Consequently, sometimes we don’t know what is going on. I need to run out and get one of these pronto!

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6 Kevin February 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I have one of these meters now (arrived today) and testing it. Dad to Darby dx 5/01 at 27 mo. and pumping since age 4.

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