As soon as I opened the box of the new Bluetooth-enabled glucose meter, I had been impressed with the appealing appearance of this device. Yes, it’s plain white and black, but such as a traditional tuxedo, you can’t fail with its timeless, glossy style.
And in this case, the title kinda says it all the ForaCare Evaluation N’ Move meter. This item has it going on.
This brand new meter debuted in Europe under the title Diamond more than a year ago, but the company wanted to change the title to check N’ Go, so that delayed the launching from the States to that February — despite the fact that it obtained FDA approval back in 2012.
It’s made by health tech firm ForaCare, based in Newbury Park, CA, which will be a division of the worldwide chronic health device firm Taidoc in Taiwan (which also runs ForaCare Suisse AG in Switzerland). The organization’s other health products contain home blood pressure and hypertension testers, and several blood glucose meters that have the cheap Premium v10 meter.
Evaluation N’ Go is a clever title for a brand new glucose meter, I will admit — implying super-convenient, no-fuss blood sugar testing anywhere you’re. And company execs say the word “fora” is Chinese for delightful, so there you go.
But the big draw is supposedly Bluetooth connectivity, allowing for wireless transmission from the meter to some iOS or Android device and data viewing through a user-friendly program or onto a web-based browser.
Bluetooth meters are becoming more common, but while they generally look great, they frequently are not as simple to use as the vendors claim. Some require you to plug into a whole other device to acquire the Bluetooth benefit, while some require you to use a different phone than the one you carry with you all the time. To put it differently, many are more hassle than they are worth.
Not the case with the Evaluation N’ Go, I discovered. Following a couple of days of using it, I’m very impressed with the general accuracy and operability of its Bluetooth connectivity to my Droid Mini. I believe this meter does deliver in regards to use and effortless connectivity, together with the only downside being that it isn’t yet widely accessible to individuals who might want to purchase it or have it covered with insurance at this time.
First off, this meter is very thin and light, measuring a bit longer than my index finger. It takes a clearly tiny bit of blood (.5 microliters). The meter stores up to 450 blood sugar results and lets you see averages for up to 90 days. Oh, and in addition it has a backlight so you can use it at night or in movie theaters with no difficulty, and like many modern meters it has a rechargeable battery that uses a USB or plug-in adapter. The only thing that made me scratch my head at first was during installation, when I needed to really turn the lever over and locate a sharp pencil tip to push the tiny reset button in order to set time and date and get started (suggestion tip, ForaCare: make this simpler to set up! ).
But after that, all the rest was really simple.
You just press the main silver button along with the image of a small blood fall appears on the screen letting you know to check and apply blood, and then about five seconds later you get the outcome.
ForaCare informs us that Evaluation N’Go meter really meets both the present and proposed accuracy guidelines for meter accuracy, so results should be within 15% of their real value (!) And really, I discovered the Evaluation N’ Move results weren’t far away from my Bayer Contour Next meter and really matched up almost exactly to my Dexcom G4 CGM a range of times.
To set this meter with your smartphone or tablet, you download the iFora Diabetes Manager program, which can be free from iTunes and on Google Play. And after that yoy just click on the program for fast automatic syching with your device after every BG test. However, I noticed that the synching didn’t happen automatically after a few of my tests, so I just pushed the “manual import” tag on the touchscreen and all had been well.
Personally, I believe the iFora program is really user-friendly. It naturally features charts and pie-graphs that show your averages throughout the last week and how many blood sugar results are inside the pre-set Low, Normal, or High levels. You may view your results in line or chart form by individual blood sugardaily, week or longer periods of 14 and 30 days. And like many other apps nowadays, it allows you to talk with folks on Facebook or by email (not yet Twitter, though).
ForaCare’s sales and marketing chief Doug Kuzyk says this iFora program didn’t require FDA approval because it only supports data logging, but it had been listed with the regulatory agency as it will contain diabetes and medical details. Apple of course elicits all apps before allowing them in the iTunes store, and there have already been several updates, he said.
In contrast to other fresh Bluetooth meters such as the OneTouch VerioSync and iHealth BG5 meters (which we reviewed here), Kuzyk says the Evaluation N’ Move uses its HIPPA-compliant cloud to store results instantly and make them viewable by not only the individual who has diabetes, but chosen individuals including a doctor, caregiver or loved one.
“You are able to see in real-time if somebody is testing and when their outcomes are out of range,” he said. “Since it’s Bluetooth, there is absolutely no need to plug or transmit. It all happens seamlessly and you just log in to see the outcomes.”
Of course we have started seeing more and more yards and diabetes tools enabling you to do this: log into online and view info. But so much this Evaluation N’Go does appear to stand out up to simplicity. Regrettably, it does not wirelessly communicate with almost any other apparatus like insulin pumps or CGMs, so right now it is a stand-alone resource that you may use to check blood glucose and then log and discuss them with no need for manual entry.
Sadly, where this meter drops short is probably among the most important places — accessibility.
The meter itself will cost $85, also Kuzyk informs us the free program and online portal is built into the price tag. And also the proprietary test strips will probably be approximately $75 to get a box of 50. But it will not be as simple as finding the strips and meter in the local pharmacy, and it does not seem like insurance companies are covering this meter right now. Thus, we’re referring to straight-up cash purchases from a small number of distributors.
Not what clients want to hear when they’re looking for a brand new meter to try.
Kuzyk informs us that availability is restricted right now simply due to the very recent launching last month, and that ForaCare is in the process of setting up distribution centers all over the country, beginning in California, and then Carolinas, until eventually moving in the Texas and Florida markets and beyond.
“Evaluation N’ Proceed would only be coated by Open Formulary Insurances today. These include consumers with Platinum Health Plans who are covered for almost any blood glucose meter and strip,” Kuzyk states. “We are in the process of meeting with many Health Plans to bring this to their offering. This is a very gradual process, so there’ll be restricted coverage for the first year post-launch.”
Apparently, WebMD is launching an online shop in the coming months and also the Fora Test N’ Go meter will be among the few connected that you can purchase there online. Kuzyk says WebMD would like to advertise this new shop and its program to healthcare providers, and ForaCare is naturally hoping that new platform will fortify its reach among physicians and insurance companies.
This is especially attractive for them in relation to other ForaCare goods being developed, such as a combination app that will allow individuals to combine their data out of weight, blood pressure and glucose monitoring all into one location (!)
We like the Evaluation N’ Move and believe it works nicely, but with the restricted accessibility and chances that insurance won’t cover this meter or strips, it does not appear to be a promising beginning to getting this meter into the U.S. market.
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