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VSee & Health2Sync Diabetes App: Simplifying Diabetes Management

Ed Deng has a 70 percent chance of getting diabetes. That’s because diabetes runs in his family – both his parents and all four of his grandparents have diabetes. In fact, three of his grandparents have already passed away from diabetes-related complications: kidney failure, heart failure, etc.

His one remaining grandmother, however, is almost 90 years old and is still going strong. Ed attributes this to her strict diabetes care management routine. Every day, his grandmother measures her own blood sugar levels. Then according to the data, his aunt makes adjustments to his grandmother’s diet to keep her blood sugar levels normal.

And that’s why Ed and his co-founders, Ken Lai and Erin Chung, created Health2Sync — to give diabetics and their families the power to make life changes for a longer and healthier life — just like his soon-to-be 90-year-old grandmother.

Data is Key to Diabetes Management

“Data is paramount in controlling diabetes,” Ed explains, “You need to know what’s going on in your system every day. If you have too little insulin, it can eventually lead to life-debilitating complications. If you inject more insulin than needed to lower your blood sugar, it can be life threatening.”

“But,” he adds, “you can’t make the right changes unless you have the data.”

He points out that the way current diabetes management works doctors usually don’t have enough data to help patients make the best decisions. Typically, patients go in to see their doctor once every one to two months. A lot can happen in that time, and only about 15% of patients bring their daily logs to these visits. Doctors may not hear about significant issues until long after the fact, and it’s easy for patients to forget the details after several weeks. Without accurate data, it’s very difficult for doctors to prescribe insulin or to make other adjustments.

How is Health2Sync Different From Other Diabetes Apps?

Health2Sync makes it easy to track and make sense of a user’s data. Most importantly, unlike apps such as Glooko and MySugr, Health2Sync makes it easy to make that data available to the user’s entire care team whether it’s a family member, school nurse, a primary care doctor, or a specialty clinic.

It even has a smart cable to help automate data collection. Users simply connect the cable from their existing glucometer to their mobile device and the data automatically uploads to the Health2Sync app.

The Diary section uses simple icons to input various kinds of data including blood sugar, medication, exercise, and food intake.

It also has a Dashboard that provides visual summaries of data such as blood sugar levels before and after meals.

health2sync diabetes management

Finally, the Partners section allows users to securely give care team members access to their data. Just put in the 4-digit access code of a Partner to add them to your team. To stop giving access to one’s data, simply remove the clinic or person from the Partners list. Health2Sync has partnered with over 70 hospitals in Taiwan, including Taichung Veterans General Hospital and Neng-Chun Diabetes Clinic (one of the largest diabetes clinics in Asia).

health2sync diabetes partners

Health2Sync is also working on exciting analysis features to help users better use and understand their data, such as messages and alerts that remind users to take medication or to restrict certain foods for the day.

Pairing the Health2Sync app with the VSee Home iOS Kit gives you the ability to have a complete video doctor visit from home or anywhere.  This ultra light home iOS Kit includes digital stethoscope, dermascope, blood pressure cuff, finger EKG, and digital stethoscope.

With nearly 400 million people in the world living with diabetes, VSee is proud to take part in Health2Sync’s efforts to bring better diabetes management and education around the world, so more people can live healthier and fuller lives.

About the CEO

Ed Deng is a co-founder and the CEO of Health2Sync. A serial entrepreneur, he diverged from the family profession of practicing medicine, working in investment banking and starting up a messaging platform. However, medicine still runs strong in his blood. Using his start up experiences, he created Health2Sync and is realizing his dream of contributing to the medical community.

Is Epic Bottlenecking EMR Interoperability?

emr interoperability cartoonIn January 2009, President Obama predicted “within five years, all of America’s medical records will be computerized. This will cut waste, eliminate red tape, and reduce the need to repeat extensive medical tests.”

Six years later, medical records aren’t much better than they were.

Patrick Caldwell has written an excellent overview of our country’s health records system in the latest Mother Jones. He explains how government efforts to digitize our medical records have succeeded: “The percentage of US hospitals using digital records skyrocketed from 9.4 to 75.5 percent between 2008 and 2014.” We can thank companies like Epic for much of that success.

However, in one crucial aspect, legislators did not think ahead. They failed to plan for “interoperability” – that is, the ability for doctors and hospitals to share patient information from one EMR system to another.

The problem is that patients are mobile and don’t stick to just one provider for their whole lives. Rather, we tend to bounce around from our family doctor to a specialist to an urgent care center to the emergency room, depending on our medical needs. These providers all use different EMR systems. And most of their EMRs have trouble talking to each other.

As Caldwell points out, “Unless programmers ensure that their system properly integrates with another, a doctor’s computer might spit out something akin to emoticons when queried for key test results.”

This is a major oversight. And it’s an oversight that Epic has fully exploited for profit. Epic wants all hospitals to use its software exclusively, and to share information exclusively with other Epic users. By charging extra to make its patient data available to other systems, Epic has reaped a significant amount of money.

The good news: many EMR companies have come together to agree on standards for interoperability. Together they’ve formed an association called the CommonWell Health Alliance Partnership. There’s just one problem: Epic isn’t a member.

Until the industry achieves full interoperability, doctors will struggle to know their patients’ full medical history. And patients won’t get the care they deserve.

cartoon from: Elaine Justine Roque

VSee & CEP America Stream Live Telemedicine to Iraq Kurdistan Refugee Boy

VSee is humbled to be a part of an effort with CEP America to bring medical expertise to Iraq Kurdistan using telemedicine. It’s especially relevant as this part of northern Iraq faces political unrest and an economic crisis amid threats from the Islamic State. With internal refugees pouring in from areas of fighting the Kurdistan healthcare system is quickly being overwhelmed by the sudden increase of those needing healthcare.

This video shows a live broadcast at this year’s Health 2.0 in Santa Clara. Using VSee secure telemedicine platform, ER specialist, Dr. Rick Newell of CEP America connected with Dr. Shang of Azadi Hospital and her patient in Kurdistan. Her patient is an 11-year-old boy whose home and family were destroyed by ISIS. He escaped to the Domiz refugee camp hundreds of miles away, where Dr. Shang and her colleagues received him. Using VSee, Dr. Newell is able to see the boy’s face and his pulse readings live and to offer recommendations.

We thank the Dr. Shang and others who are out on the field providing healthcare in this tough situation.


VSee Speaking at mHealth 2015 with Dell, Intel, Microsoft

VSee is exhibiting at this year’s mHealth Summit in Washington, DC.  We will be in booth #1210 November 9-11 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. We’ve also teamed up with with DaVincian Healthcare mobile health solutions.

VSee Alongside Healthcare Thought Leaders from Dell, Intel, Microsoft

You’ll also want to catch VSee CEO Milton Chen at a special Dell Healthcare lunch panel on Monday, November 9, at 12:30 pm. Milton will be speaking at this private lunch meeting alongside leaders from Dell, Intel, and Microsoft. Topics will include the integration of wearable devices into healthcare and the future of telehealth.
Click here to register!

We love mHealth because it’s the world’s largest gathering of mobile health experts and professionals. We’re looking forward to showing off our latest in telehealth technology including:

  • Cloud Clinic – complete online medical office with scheduling, ePay, ePrescribe, visit notes, and online waiting room for both walk-ins and appointments
  • Home Care Kit for iOS devices – ultra lightweight telemedicine kit with for traveling nurses and home care
  • Stethoscope Audio Mode for streaming high resolution audio during a video telemedicine consultation

You don’t want to miss out on this event. Remember to stop by booth #1210 in the exhibition hall and get a demo!

More Conference Info

Floor Plan:
Exhibition Hours:
Monday, November 9        12:00pm – 7:30pm  (6:00pm – 7:30pm networking reception on floor)
Tuesday, November 10        11:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday, November 11        10:00am – 2:00pm

Medwand Uses VSee to Win Health 2.0 Launch! Award

medwand medical deviceAmong the many ingenious healthcare technologies debuted at this year’s 2015 Health 2.0 fall conference in Silicon Valley, MedWand stood out to win the Health 2.0 Launch! Award. The Launch! Award has previously been won by innovative health startups such as Castlight Health and PracticeFusion.

Created by Dr. Samir Qamar, MedWand is the swiss army knife of medical devices.  About the size of an electric toothbrush, it packs into it the functions of all the devices you would want for a remote examination: a pulse oximeter, an otoscope camera for ear examinations (with attachments for eyes, throat, or nose), an in-ear thermometer, and a digital stethoscope. It can even support 3rd party Bluetooth devices such as glucometers and blood pressure monitors. Patients simply connect to a PC or mobile device to stream their vitals. These can then be recorded in a secure Electronic Health Record.


MedWand Virtual Visit

Using MedWand in conjunction with VSee’s HIPAA-compliant video telemedicine platform, Dr. Qamar wowed conference attendees by performing a live physical examination of a patient hundreds of miles away in Las Vegas. Connected by VSee, he had the patient use MedWand so he could examine her throat, eyes, skin and nasal passages, as well as gather information on her temperature, heart rate and oxygen levels — in under 2 minutes!

MedWand CEO Robert Rose commented, “This was one of the most important, exciting, and gratifying things I have ever done. We made history today, and people noticed.”

The face of healthcare is fast transforming before our very eyes. MedWand and VSee are excited to be on the forefront of making that transformation happen. Pharmafile reports “By 2018 70% of healthcare organisations will have invested in digital technology such as apps and wearables according to research firm IDC Health Insights. In the US the healthcare device market is worth $3 trillion.”

VSee is proud to be a partner of MedWand, giving providers and patients seamless audio and video connectivity. Together, we are making magic happen.