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Everyone knows that for meter manufacturers, a meter is simply a means of selling a lifetime of strips. The Eocene blood glucose meter is no different in that respect, but it does have something extra to offer.
The word "eocene" means "dawn of a new era" and the Eocene System intends to create that new era by enabling your meter results and usage to be tracked by various interested parties. Its goal, says company CEO Bryan Sowards, is to "transform your meter from a mere testing tool into an affordable, proactive management system."
How does it work? You place a device called the Virtual Tracker cradle on your nightstand, connected to your telephone. Whenever you like, you place your GlucoLab or Eclipse meter into the cradle, which automatically downloads all the test results from your meter.
Then, in the middle of the night, the Virtual Tracker sends off your information via the phone line to a secure server that is computer-accessible by your strip supplier, your insurance company, and your healthcare team. Consequently, those parties can track how often you test, what the results are, whether you need more strips, and whether you're really using all the strips that your insurance is paying for.
The various parties can program your system so that they will receive alerts whenever you cross over their pre-programmed trigger points. For example, if you have tested enough times to use up nearly all your strips, a message is sent to your strip supplier, who can then contact you about getting more.
Your healthcare providers can customize the system to notify them when your sugars rise above a certain average, or to send an alarm when your testing frequency falls below a pre-defined point. If your testing frequency and test results are above the level programmed into the system by your healthcare team, the server sends you a congratulatory note. At some future point, you might even be rewarded for good performance with bonus dollars or reduced co-pays.
The Eocene Virtual Tracker can also download information from the Eocene blood pressure wrist cuff, allowing your healthcare team to monitor trends in your blood pressure. And in the works is a weight scale that will communicate wirelessly from your bathroom to the Virtual Tracker on your nightstand. The scale will not only record your nightly weight, but will also sense and report hot spots on your feet that are the warning signs of impending foot ulcers.
All your information is archived on the Eocene server forever. If you yourself want to see the pie charts and graphs generated from your tests, you, like all the other parties, need only a computer with access to the internet.
About 1000 systems are already in use, and the company has pending orders for over 10,000 more. The Eocene System costs $99 wholesale for the meter, four boxes of strips, and the Virtual Tracker cradle. Subsequent boxes of strips are only fifteen dollars. You can find out where to buy the Eocene System by contacting the manufacturer, Infopia USA, at 888-9EOCENE, or by visiting their websites at www.InfopiaUSA.com or www.EoceneSystems.com.
Aug 14, 2007
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