Are you tired of calling your child's school nurse to check their lunchtime blood sugar?
Not a fan of recording your results?
Telcare sure thinks so.
Telcare is the first FDA-approved meter on the market that automatically uploads every reading to a personal online portal, making recording numbers and sharing with parents or doctors a breeze.
How does it work? It connects over cellular networks and currently works anywhere with a GSM network. (Roaming charges apply outside of the US.)
Here's an adventurous video of Telcare in use.
- Telcare is easy to use with intuitive controls
- The large color display makes it easy to read and interact with
- Telcare is the most accurate meter I have ever used. Testing twice in a row (to calibrate my Dexcom CGM) usually produces the same result twice. Try that with any other meter
- The support team is great to deal with. Every email has been answered within hours, and sometimes they even call to respond to my questions
- They have an insurance checker on their website so you know what is covered before you buy. http://telcare.com/support/insurance-coverage/
- Did I mention it is cellular enabled? Your results are automatically uploaded. In my testing the upload takes between 1 and 30 seconds. The graphs are great (see below)
- You/ caregivers can look at trends, readings, etc online and via Telcare's free iPhone app (Android app coming soon)
- Currently, if you are a Telcare user, you can call the company and have them add SMS messages to your account. Every time your child tests, you get a text with the result. In the future there will be more options like getting an SMS saying: your child tested, was really low, was really high, etc.
The Bottom Line:
- Compared to other meters, the battery isn't great. It lasts a few weeks if you turn it off after you use it. The good part is you charge it via mini-usb (charger included) making it easy to find a charger on the road
- While it isn't cumbersome, it's not small either. The meter is about 4" by 2 1/2". I prefer the size of something like the OneTouchMini
- Cost can be prohibitive. Most meters on the market are free or in the $20 range. Telcare is $149.95 without a contract and $99.95 with a contract (which requires you use at least 4 vials of strops per quarter)
- The FDA's rules currently don't allow you to edit tags (ex: you marked pre dinner and want to change it to post dinner). Telcare is working on a solution for this
- If you want/ need easy, more accurate readings, Telcare is for you
- If you don't like recording your blood sugars or your doctor wants to see more, Telcare is for you
- If you are a parent or caregiver and want to know when your child tests without picking up the phone, Telcare is for you
- If you want a company that stands behind its product and is always striving to improve, Telcare is for you
- If you like writing down blood sugars and want to steer clear of new technologies, look elsewhere
Want more information? Check out my first impressions