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The Meter That Says It All

The Meter That Says It All

Easy. Accurate. Safe. The feature-rich no coding Embrace meter delivers fast, accurate results using a very small blood sample, and with the talking feature you have the option to hear your results as well as see them. Instant Three-Step Verification ensures accurate results every time. The Embrace Better Care Program is a proactive care program from Omnis Health designed to help you take better care of your diabetes. It provides access to diabetes educational materials, product information, special offers, money-savings coupons, and more. Click here to learn more. The EmbraceIt Mobile App At the heart of the Embrace Better Care Program is the EmbraceIt Mobile App. It’s the easiest way to Embrace Better Care and share your test results with your healthcare provider. Download Now on the iTunes and Google Play stores. With a direct link to Health2Sync though the EmbraceIt app, you can share results by manually entering your test results or using the Smart Cable to upload data on your mobile device. To order a Smart Cable ($16.95 + $3 S&H, tax may apply in some states), please fill out this form, call an Omnis Health Product Care Specialist at 877-979-5454, or visit Amazon.com. Note: If you do not have a compatible mobile device, you can download a PC portal for your desktop/laptop PC. You can view data uploaded via the PC Portal by signing directly into the Health2Sync web app. Continue reading >>

Do You Qualify For A Free Talking Glucose Meter?

Do You Qualify For A Free Talking Glucose Meter?

If you are covered by Medicaid or private insurance, you can likely get a free meter if you have not had a new one in the last 3-5 years. Depending on your policy, some private insurance clients may have a small co-pay or deductible. Call the Eclipse Medical experts or fill out our online form and let us do the work of determining if you qualify. The CareSens talking blood glucose meter uses the newest technology to provide fast and accurate blood sugar test results. If you have diabetes and are looking for a local supplier for all of your diabetic testing supply needs, Eclipse Medical is an accredited Arkansas based company located in Conway that has provided diabetes testing supplies for thousand of patients since 2008. Eclipse Medical makes getting your diabetes testing supplies easy and convenient with free delivery right to your door, and we’ll take care of filing all insurance and paperwork. Our goal is to make things as easy as possible for you to get the supplies you need as quickly as possible. Continue reading >>

Blood Glucose Meters That Are Accessible To Blind And Visually Impaired Persons

Blood Glucose Meters That Are Accessible To Blind And Visually Impaired Persons

Go to: Introduction Blood glucose meters (BGMs) that are accessible to blind and visually impaired persons are important because a significant segment of the population of persons with diabetes are visually impaired, that is, they report problems seeing. In 2005, fully 3.2 million adults with diabetes (aged 18 or older) reported trouble seeing even while wearing glasses or contact lenses.1 The number of visually impaired adults with diabetes has risen from 2.7 million in 1997 and has increased annually since 1999.1 Simply stated, a BGM is accessible to a blind or visually impaired person if it is designed so that the person can operate it independently. Accessibility is relative in that product a may be more accessible than product b. Product design criteria for blood glucose monitoring to be accessible to blind and visually impaired persons are of two types. First and foremost are criteria that are related to using the device nonvisually or with a visual limitation: Spoken display data. A high-contrast, large-font display. Control buttons that are both tactually identifiable and distinctive in color contrast. Test strip calibration that is accessible (e.g., automatic). An accessible operating manual [i.e., large print and in an electronic format that can be read by personal computer (PC) screen-reading/magnifying software]. Accessible PC software (i.e., the format of downloading data can be read by PC screen-reading/magnifying software). Second are design criteria related to overall convenience and ease of use. To the extent that these criteria are compromised, for instance, using an obsolete BGM platform, accessibility results in a product that is inferior in usability, even if a blind or visually impaired person can operate it independently. Examples of convenience a Continue reading >>

Talking Glucose Meter – A Handy Tool For Vision Impaired People With Diabetes

Talking Glucose Meter – A Handy Tool For Vision Impaired People With Diabetes

To keep your diabetes under control, you need to regularly monitor your blood glucose level using a blood glucose meter. Diabetes is the leading cause of new causes of blindness and kidney failure, according to American Diabetes Association. In 2008, 48,374 people with diabetes started treatment for end-stage kidney diseases in the United States. It is also found that risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes. When it comes to diabetes, there are no expectations. Even blind or visually impaired people with diabetes have to constantly monitor their blood glucose level. In the earlier days, vision impaired people with diabetes had to get assistance from family or friends to find out their glucose readings displayed on the glucose meter. But now, thanks to talking glucose meter technology those that are visually impaired or blind people with diabetes have a handy tool to help them be more independent. Talking blood glucose meters are available in different varieties. The standard variety has an audible test results feature to “speak” the glucose test results to the person taking the test. Nowadays, you can find several types of talking blood glucose meters. Modern talking glucose meters have similar working principles but the features and size might vary. If you’re looking for a talking blood glucose monitor, you need to check out the features of a few of the latest models to pick the best one for your needs. When choosing a talking blood glucose meter, make sure the talking glucose meter has a clear audible voice. Another notable feature in audible meters is a “repeat test result” function. This feature is very high on the priority list for most people who are visually impaired testing their blood glucose because if you don’t hear the r Continue reading >>

Talking Meters

Talking Meters

What’s New? Self-monitoring of blood glucose is one of the areas of diabetes self-management that is deeply affected by severe visual impairment. When people with diabetes learn they have permanent visual impairment, one of the first questions they often ask a diabetes educator is, “How will I check my blood glucose?” Many standard meters now have large-print screens, which makes them more accessible for people with enough vision to see large print. However, most of the large-print screens have low contrast between the numbers and the background, limiting their usefulness for many people with moderate to severe visual impairment. And all standard meters currently available require the ability to read large print for at least some essential steps in their use, making them inaccessible for people whose visual impairment is severe enough that they cannot read large print. Fortunately, some manufacturers of blood glucose meters have recognized the need for meters for people who cannot read visual displays. For more than 10 years now, such meters have been available in the United States. And Medicare and most private insurance companies provide coverage for such meters for the people who need them. (See “Insurance Coverage for Talking Meters.”) -- Keep an eye on your vision! Learn about preventive steps and treatments for diabetic retinopathy from retinal specialist Dr. Charles Wykoff. >> In the past couple of years, there have been major changes in the availability of accessible blood glucose meters for people with severe visual impairment. A number of accessible meters are no longer available. One meter that had been available since 1998, the Accu-Chek Voicemate, ceased being produced as of January 1, 2007. Two other meters that could be used with a separate voic Continue reading >>

A New Talking Meter

A New Talking Meter

At least 38 companies now offer us meters that we can use to test our blood. I list and link them in my web page "Blood Glucose Meters," Part 14 of the On-line Diabetes Resources. Almost all of those 38 companies sell their meters in the U.S., and most of them have several different meters for sale here. So why would we ever need a new one? For one thing, meters are getting better. While they still aren’t good enough, higher standards of accuracy and precision may be coming soon, as I wrote here a year ago. Instead, meter manufacturers focus on adding features. Many of these features are just nice bells and whistles. But one feature is essential for some of us. Since loss of vision is all too common a complication of diabetes, many of us need a blood glucose meter that will talk to us. Not only people who are totally blind but the much larger number of us who have limited vision need a meter that they can listen to rather than look at. Actually, we have had talking meters for many years. Diagnostic Devices in Charlotte, North Carolina, has offered two different Prodigy meters for at least five years, as I indicate on my "Blood Glucose Meters" web page. Diabetic Supply of Suncoast in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, offers two different versions of the Advocate blood glucose meters that talk. Last year Omnis Health in Natick, Massachusetts, became the third company to currently offer a talking meter, the Embrace Blood Glucose Monitoring System. And now here is BioSense Medical Devices in Duluth, Georgia, with another talking meter, the Solo V2. We all the choices already available, does anyone need the new meter? The Solo V2 Talking Meter I think so. It has several advantages over the meters that we already had. BioSense took nearly two years to design and manufacture the meter Continue reading >>

Prodigy Voice® – No Code Talking Glucometer

Prodigy Voice® – No Code Talking Glucometer

Features • Fully audible • Easy to use—No Coding required • Repeat button replays last message spoken • Tactile features for easy navigation Total Independence The Prodigy Voice® meter is fully audible from setup to testing, and provides the result in seven seconds. The Prodigy Voice® requires no coding; simply insert the test strip into the test strip slot and the meter powers on automatically. Our raised, imprinted buttons make the meter easy to navigate. The repeat button will replay the last message or test result. The small blood sample size makes it easy for a patient to utilize alternate site testing. The Prodigy Voice® has 450 a audible test-memory and provides 7, 14, 21, 30, 60, and 90 day averages. The USB port feature is used for downloading your meter’s result using our free diabetes management software. Award Winning Meter The Prodigy Voice® is the only meter to receive an Access Award from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and an Access Plus Award from the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). The Access Plus Award is given to product that affords blind patients the same convenience and features available to everybody else. Carefully designed with help from the NFB as well as Certified Diabetes Educators, the Prodigy Voice® allows complete independence for the blind or low vision patient. Continue reading >>

Best Talking Glucose Meter – Our Reviews

Best Talking Glucose Meter – Our Reviews

Talking Glucose Meters, from most standpoints, are no different than any other blood glucose monitor. Some have advanced features, while others are more basic in function. However, talking monitors do vary on several key factors when it comes to the talking feature. Thus, it is important to really pay attention to what you need the meter to do so you get the right one. As of 2012, there are four companies that produce talking meters: Fora Care, Prodigy Diabetes, Omnis Health and Biosense. All told, you have nine (9) regular or standard glucose meter models and three (3) glucose meter and blood pressure combination models. The two key features you want to study. What language do you need the meter to speak? And, do you want all facets of the meter to speak, or just the testing procedure? For detailed specifications of each meter, you can visit the individual meter or company review found on this site. This article is mainly focused on the talking aspect of each meter. Let’s look at the meter choices below. STANDARD MODELS I have arranged the following Talking Glucose Meters in alphabetical order by company. I will make appropriate comments to each, in turn. BioSense Solo V2:This is the only meter available from this company. It has a nice big screen and is auto coding. One key selling point of this meter is that the talking feature performs all functions, not just the testing function. The other key feature is that it speaks in 3 languages: English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. No other meter speaks Mandarin Chinese. Fora Premium V10: This is the newest meter from Fora Care. As of the writing of this article, there is little infrmation on Fora Care’s website, and they have not responded to my inquiry for further information. I will update this article when further Continue reading >>

Talking Meter Will Help Visually Impaired People With Diabetes Monitor Blood Glucose Levels

Talking Meter Will Help Visually Impaired People With Diabetes Monitor Blood Glucose Levels

Visually impaired people with diabetes can now accurately monitor their own blood glucose levels, thanks to a ‘talking’ device which helps stave off hypoglycaemic attacks. The pioneering device, called CareSens N Voice from Spirit Healthcare, allows individuals with limited vision to monitor readings in the comfort of their own home. In the UK, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working age people1. It is estimated every year 4,200 people are at risk of blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy2. Chris Barker, managing director of Spirit Healthcare, said: “We know that sight loss is a huge factor within the diabetes community and more needs to be done to help people who are losing their sight. “CareSens N Voice revolutionizes the way people monitor blood glucose levels, enabling them to do it themselves in the comfort of their own home, removing the need for professionals to visit them or the patient to visit specialist clinics.” The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK rose to 3.2 million at the end of 2013 following a significant increase in new cases of the disease3. New figures released this week revealed that more than 163,000 people across the UK were given a diabetes diagnosis last year, the biggest increase in a single year since 20084. With those numbers continuing to rise, it’s vital to ease the pressure on healthcare professionals who are being inundated with new patients. Enabling visually impaired people with diabetes to monitor their own blood glucose levels at a time that suits them frees up more time for nurses, helping to manage their workload. The CareSens N Voice meter is available now. For more details visit or call 0800 8815423. 1 Kohner E, Allwinkle J, Andrews J et al (1996). Saint Vincent and improving diabetes Continue reading >>

Talking Glucose Meters For Blind Diabetes Patients

Talking Glucose Meters For Blind Diabetes Patients

Talking Glucose Meters for Blind Diabetes Patients For most blind or low vision diabetes patients, testing their blood glucose levels daily is an absolute must. Thanks to the great people at Prodigy Diabetes Care you can test your blood sugar independently with the help of the Prodigy AutoCode & Prodigy Voice talking glucometers. These two fully audible glucose meters along side with the Prodigy Count-a-Dose (fill syringes independently) will help low vision or blind diabetics to better manage their diabetes. Find out which of the following devices is right for you. Prodigy Count-a-Dose Prodigy Voice Prodigy AutoCode The Prodigy AutoCode is a talking glucometer and is great for any diabetic who wants to hear their test results. This accurate no coding meter is fully audible and will talk the user through the set up process and testing steps. The AutoCode talking meter has the ability to speak in four languages (English, Spanish, French & Arabic), and will announce blood glucose readings to the user. The AutoCode meter will only use no coding Prodigy Test Strips and will give the user accurate results in just seven seconds. The Prodigy Voice is a no coding talking glucometer and is capable of speaking and displaying blood glucose results in a matter of seconds. To date, its the only blood glucose meter to win the NFB and AFB National Access Award for Excellence. To start testing simply insert a Prodigy Test Strip in the port at the top of the meter and the Prodigy Voice will turn on. Once initiated the audible Voice meter will talk the user through the set up process, testing steps and memory recall for easy self diabetes management. The Prodigy Count-a-Dose is not a glucose meter but is a device that was designed for blind and low vision diabetes patients so they can h Continue reading >>

Bbi Healthcare - Clever Chek

Bbi Healthcare - Clever Chek

The Clever Chek blood glucose meter is a codeless, talking meter that tells you your result - it actually talks to you. Clever Chek is aimed at people with diabetes who are visually impaired, young or elderly. The Clever Chek meter talks you through each process of your blood sugar test until it is complete. Everything is voice-described All other functions and settings are spoken too, and it’s a codeless meter for ease of use - no need to code test strips. It comes with a plastic adaptor for alternative site testing (AST), has a 450-test memory facility with date and time, can calculate average readings for: 7 days 14 days 21 days 28 days 60 days and 90 days BBI Healthcare have released a statement requesting the recall of their Clever Chek blood glucose meter and has now been withdrawn. For more information, please see: Available free to people with diabetes who are blind The meter is available at no charge to blind and partially sighted diabetics from the RNIB website. Replacement test strips are available on repeat prescription (PIP-code 346-4344). Replacement lancets are also available on repeat prescription (PIP-codes 280-0043, 280-0050, 227-9677). A USB cable is available separately for users who want to upload their readings to a computer. The software is available to download from the Simple Diagnostics website. Clever Chek Technical specifications Blood sample size: 0.7 µL Test to result: 7 seconds Tweet Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder that results in hyperglycemia (high blood glucose levels) due to the body: Being ineffective at using the insulin it has produced; also known as insulin resistance and/or Being unable to produce enough insulin Type 2 diabetes is characterised by the body being unable to metabolise glucose (a simple sugar). Th Continue reading >>

Talking Blood Glucose Meters

Talking Blood Glucose Meters

Talking blood glucose meters provide a major benefit for those who are visually impaired or blind. The Prodigy Autocode is the newest all-in-one talking meter available. It combines a meter and voice output module in one device. The previous most advanced talking meter, Accu-Chek Voicemate, has been discontinued. Two other meters use voice modules that are purchased separately: the One Touch SureStep, the One Touch Basic, and the One Touch Profile(no longer available). The Prodigy Autocode meter is relatively small for talking meters at 4.75" in height, 1.75" in width and 1" deep. It works well for the visually impaired or the extremely busy person with diabetes. The audible prompts, provided in a clear crisp voice, guide you through each step of the glucose testing process, including the report of your results after a short 6 seconds. You can even choose between English or Spanish audio. Prodigy AutoCode calibrates itself to Prodigy test strips automatically and draws the right amount of blood. It only requires 0.6 microliters of blood that can be taken from the fingers, palms, forearms, upper-arms, thighs and calves. The meter itself can store up to 450 tests with date and time. It can give 7, 14, 21, 28, 60, and 90 day averages. The free software from Prodigy allows you to download your test results to your computer so you can track changes in your blood glucose level over time. The Prodigy AutoCode has many of the same features as the VoiceMate at a very small fraction of the cost. We've found the AutoCode online for $17.00 and up. The Accu-Chek Voicemate, now discontinued, is composed of the Accu-Chek Advantage blood glucose meter, which is plugged into the Voicemate's speech output module. The one-piece unit is 6.5" in height, 3.0" in width and 2.5" in depth, so Continue reading >>

Blood Glucose Meters

Blood Glucose Meters

Over 16 million Americans have diabetes, a disease in which the body cannot store and regulate glucose properly, and 5 million of them experience vision loss as a result. Although blood glucose meters have allowed people with diabetes to manage the disease independently, visual readouts that are hard to see have made many of the devices incredibly difficult for people with vision loss to use. Not just a matter of convenience, these devices can mean the difference between life and death. Because it is imperative that people with vision problems be able to use blood glucose meters, AFB Tech has continues to spend a great deal of time and energy evaluating these products for accessibility and helping manufacturers blaze new trails in accessible design. AFB Tech works with top-notch research institutions, such as the Marshall University Medical School, to ensure that diabetics with vision loss can use blood glucose meters successfully and easily. Product Evaluations Diabetes and Visual Impairment: An Update on Accessible Blood Glucose Meters, AccessWorld®, Vol. 13, No. 2, February 2012. Uslan, M.; Burton, D.; and Clements, C. Blood Glucose Meters That Are Accessible to Blind and Visually Impaired Persons. Diabetes Science & Technology, Vol. 2, No. 2, March 2008. Diabetes and Visual Impairment: An Update on the Accessible Blood Glucose Monitor Market, AccessWorld®, Vol. 9, No. 1, January 2008. Diabetes and Visual Impairment: New Talking Blood Glucose Meters Enter the Market, AccessWorld®, Vol. 8, No. 2, March 2007. Uslan, M.; Eghtesadi, K.; Burton, D. Blood Glucose Meter Accessibility for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons. Ergonomics in Design, vol. 12, no. 3, 2004: 19-25. Uslan, M; Eghtesadi, K; Burton, D. Accessibility of Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems for Blind and Continue reading >>

Top 10 Popular Blood Glucose Meters Put To The Test

Top 10 Popular Blood Glucose Meters Put To The Test

With countless blood glucose meters on the market, how do you know which one to choose? Do you choose the most expensive one; it must work the best if it costs the most, right? Or are you a techie looking for a Bluetooth meter that syncs to your smartphone? Perhaps, you’re concerned with the cost and you’re looking for the most affordable meter. Top 10 Glucose Meters We’ve taken the time to test the ten most popular blood glucose meters. Take a look to find the meter that’s the best fit for you. Winner and our favorite meter is One Touch Ultra 2. OneTouch Ultra 2 Accu-Chek Aviva Connect Walmart ReliON Confirm OneTouch Verio Abbott FreeStyle Lite Walgreens True2Go Contour Next EZ Livongo Health In Touch Meter Nova Max Plus Sanofi iBGStar Our Pick After a careful review of the top glucose meters on the market, our #1 recommendation is the One Touch Ultra 2. It’s simply one of the best in terms of functionality and price. Click here to learn more. (Helpful Tip: Although you can get one from your local pharmacy, you’ll find it cheaper on Amazon. Click here to get yours.) Accu-Chek Aviva Connect The Accu-Chek Aviva Connect gets its name from the Bluetooth connection that syncs to the user’s smartphone. The Connect utilizes an app to keep track of both short-term and long-term readings on a person’s smartphone. The user can also view their trends via bar graphs and maps on the app. The Accu-Chek Aviva Connect will cost you $29.99 and $1.75 for a single test strip. One con to this meter is that the test strips are one of the highest priced strips on the market. However, they are readily available in almost all drug stores and pharmacies. Accu-Chek also offers a supplemental program called Preferred Savings which can reduce most test-strip co-pays to $15-$45. Ot Continue reading >>

Talking Blood Glucose Monitors

Talking Blood Glucose Monitors

Blood glucose monitoring is an important part of your diabetes self-management plan. Your numbers can show you the effect of food, activity and medication on your blood sugar. Also, checking your blood sugar can confirm when it is too low and you need to take action. Your healthcare team will use the blood sugar numbers you gather at home to determine if changes in your treatment plan are needed. If you have experienced vision loss, you may find it difficult to independently use typical blood glucose meters. The good news is there are several talking meters on the market. So keeping your diabetes under control can still be in your control! Medicare Part B and many private insurance policies will cover the cost of talking blood glucose meters for people who meet the criteria for legal blindness. You will likely need documentation of your vision status from your eye doctor and a letter of medical necessity from the doctor who cares for your diabetes. Contact your insurance provider and ask which talking meters are covered and what documentation is needed. Be persistent. This process may take some time and effort. If you need assistance, ask your diabetes educator or doctor for help. The Prodigy Voice, manufactured by Diagnostic Devices Inc. (DDI), is the first completely non-visually accessible talking blood glucose meter. More information about the Prodigy Voice can be found at DDI's Web site. The Prodigy Voice is available through many mail order pharmacies and by special order at your local pharmacy. One of the greatest challenges faced by people with vision loss when checking blood sugar is applying blood to the strip. For techniques you may find useful when using the Prodigy Voice and other meters, check out this Voice of the Diabetic article. The ACCU-CHEK Voicemate Continue reading >>

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