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Greenville pilots diabetes management M2M tech with Verizon, Telcare

Iain Morris
June 11, 2014
 
Healthcare provider Greenville Health System is piloting a new wireless—powered diabetes management service in partnership with network operator Verizon Wireless and device maker Telcare.

The South Carolina-based organization aims to pioneer usage of a cellular-enabled blood glucose management system that relays blood sugar data between patients and doctors.

The service includes a blood glucose meter developed by Telcare (Bethesda, MD, USA) and relies on the networking capabilities of Verizon (New York City, NY, USA).

The device establishes a constant connection between the patient and his or her doctor, and allows Greenville to send messages with details of customized treatment plans to patients immediately after they have been examined remotely.

Greenville says it is piloting the Telcare device as part of an employee wellness initiative, with selected employees using the meters on a regular
basis.

Following the pilot, Greenville plans to make the meter available to additional diabetic employees later in 2014.

“The Telcare system creates a year-round culture of care by digitizing a consistent support mechanism that's so crucial for diabetics to control their blood sugar levels,” said Angelo Sinopoli, Greenville Health System's chief medical officer. “Employee wellness is important to our company, and cellular-enabled glucose meters allow a new level of care and control for our diabetic employees.”

Verizon claims the M2M service works efficiently thanks to the speed and reliability of its network.

“Telcare helps patients and their doctors share vital health information day and night,” said Jerry Fountain, Carolinas/Tennessee region president for Verizon Wireless. “Diabetes can be a frightening disease, but the Telcare meter is another tool to help patients better manage their health.”
 
 
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