Telcare, Inc. and Gluco-Share® Partner to “m”power Patients Living with Diabetes

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Cellular-enabled blood glucose meter integrates with mobile monitoring and social media application to improve self-management practices

Telcare, Inc., the leader in mobile diabetes management solutions, today announced its partnership with Gluco-Share®, a product of Vmersion Health, Pleasanton, CA. Telcare’s cellular-enabled blood glucose meter (BGM), the first FDA-cleared mHealth glucose meter, leverages cellular-enabled mHealth tools to securely capture, store and share real-time clinical data to provide individuals living with diabetes – and those involved with their care - the tools and insights needed to effectively control their diabetes, avoid complications and stay healthy. Gluco-Share’s social-networking and gaming software platform is designed to support and motivate people living with diabetes to improve and maintain a healthy blood glucose control regimen through tangible and redeemable rewards. Together, this partnership starts to break down the sense of isolation commonly expressed by people (especially young people) with diabetes and creates an “m”powered community.

The Gluco-Share app is a free download available on the iTunes store and as a Facebook web app and provides three important functions: Check, Share, and Reward. Readings from Telcare’s system are automatically uploaded to Gluco-Share and these readings are then used to motivate people towards better adherence and glucose control through social gaming.

By opting in to Gluco-Share and setting up weekly goals based on “time of day” BG entries and frequency “challenges,” Telcare users are able to earn Reward Medallions and Gluco Points. These points and medallions can then be redeemed for codes to a large selection of some of the hottest on-line games and/or store brand merchandise provided by Gluco-Share's online retail partners.

“Telcare’s partnership with Gluco-Share is designed to combat the social isolation of diabetes and and to give people a sense of community, belonging, and accomplishment,” says Dr. Jonathan Javitt, Telcare’s Co-founder, Vice Chairman, and CEO. “By continuously delivering actionable, real-time clinical data, our partnership with Gluco-Share enhances our commitment to driving engagement, improving self-management, and making life with diabetes just a little more enjoyable.”

“Users with Telcare meters who link to our free Gluco-Share app will no longer need to manually enter their BG numbers, making it seamless and automatic for our users to earn redeemable tangible rewards and communicate verifiable BG entries to their supportive care network,” says Joe Madden, Co-founder of Vmersion Health. “By leveraging these mobile and social tools that securely capture, store and share real-time clinical data, we enable patients, providers and participants to access relevant and actionable data. From data to delivery, this unique partnership between Telcare and Gluco-Share connects care across a broad spectrum of networks and creates deeper and more meaningful interactions.”

To learn more about how the partnership between Telcare and Gluco-Share provides a fresh alternative to the management and care of individuals living with diabetes visit Telcare in booth 717 at the American Diabetes Association’s 73rd Scientific Session, June 21-25, 2013, in Chicago, where the rewards platform will be demonstrated.

About Telcare:
Telcare enables health plans and employers to lower costs and improve outcomes for individuals living with diabetes by delivering actionable, real-time insight that promotes greater care coordination and engagement. The company’s award-winning mobile health platform combines cellular-enabled technologies with personalized feedback and coaching to increase compliance with care guidelines and prevent complications, thereby improving population health and reducing the cost of care. To learn more, visit http://www.telcare.com.

About Vmersion Health:
Vmersion Health, developer of Gluco-Share, is a California Limited Partnership founded in 2011. Vmersion Health develops and publishes social media applications for health-related causes, with a commitment to improved health through better communication and social support mechanisms. Joe Madden is Co-Founder and President; Jim Garcia is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer. Vmersion Health offices are at 5955 Coronado Lane, Pleasanton, CA 94588. http://www.gluco-share.org

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