What makes IDEAL LIFE so unique?
A. IDEAL LIFE has created the first easy-to-use, affordable, customizable, FDA-approved products that allow individuals to share important information with their healthcare team. Our fully automated and wireless “plug ‘n go”™ system is designed to easily integrate with many different channels of communication, including cell phones, telephone lines, and the Internet.
How does the IDEAL LIFE system work?
A. For easy at-home use, simply plug the IDEAL LIFE Pod™ into a standard telephone jack and a home is instantly ready for wireless communication. Our products make it easy to securely capture, store, and share health information such as glucose levels, body weight, or blood pressure. All a user needs to do is take a reading with his or her device of choice, and the resulting information will be automatically saved and wirelessly transmitted to a secure remote information management system. A designated healthcare team can then access this information through the IDEAL LIFE secure website portal to assist with timely and appropriate healthcare decisions.
What are the main benefits of the IDEAL LIFE system (for individuals, healthcare providers, insurers)?
A. IDEAL LIFE has developed an easy and affordable way to remotely monitor and manage health and wellness, especially for the chronic conditions that account for 75 percent of all healthcare spending - diabetes, congestive heart failure, hypertension, obesity, and asthma. For individuals, IDEAL LIFE offers ease of use, convenience, and affordability. Healthcare providers benefit from accurate, real-time information that allows them to make the best decisions for optimal patient care. Insurers benefit from an affordable system that can be scaled to patient populations both large and small, and requires no additional software, training, or database reconfiguration. And of course, all these groups benefit from IDEAL LIFE’s proven results, too.
What chronic conditions can be managed with IDEAL LIFE products?
A. Our current product line includes devices designed for individuals with congestive heart failure (CHF), hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, and obesity. We also have several new products coming soon for other cardiac, pulmonary, and weight-related conditions.
Is the IDEAL LIFE system secure?
A. IDEAL LIFE information systems utilize the highest security measures available. We fully understand the concerns people have about privacy and take every precaution to ensure that all health information remains completely confidential. All information transmitted over the Internet to and from the IDEAL LIFE information management system is encrypted using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology. To further protect privacy, access to each user’s information is granted only after a unique ID and password are entered from a secured browser with 128-bit encryption support.
How much does IDEAL LIFE cost?
A. Each IDEAL LIFE Manager™ (or monitoring device) is reasonably priced and comes packaged with the IDEAL LIFE Pod™ – the system’s wireless gateway. Users also pay a low monthly service fee, which is about the same cost as taking a friend to lunch. Some products, such as the IDEAL LIFE Gluco-Manager™ and its monthly service fee, are available free of charge through select health plans; users need only pay for a supply of modestly priced daily test strips.
How difficult is the system to setup?
A. One of the greatest advantages of the IDEAL LIFE system is its simplicity. Simply plug the IDEAL LIFE Pod™ into a standard telephone jack and a home is instantly ready for wireless communication. No reconfiguring of data, no special cables, and no computer required. Just plug ‘n go!™
What advantages does IDEAL LIFE have over other systems?
A. Other remote health management systems can be expensive, cumbersome, and overly complicated. The IDEAL LIFE system is easy to use, customizable, affordable, fully automated, and secure. Users can communicate and manage their real-time health information whenever and wherever they want – on the road or from the comfort of their own home.
What does the IDEAL LIFE Pod™ do?
A. All IDEAL LIFE Managers™ communicate through a wireless gateway, most easily with the IDEAL LIFE Pod™. Users simply plug the Pod into a regular telephone jack and their home is instantly ready for integrated, automatic communication with any IDEAL LIFE remote health management product.
What is the IDEAL LIFE Gluco-Manager™?
A. The IDEAL LIFE Gluco-Manager™ is a convenient and user-friendly blood glucose meter, the first of its kind to automatically and reliably store and send blood glucose readings without a personal computer.
What is the IDEAL LIFE Body Manager™?
A. The IDEAL LIFE Body-Manager™ is a body weight scale designed for both weight-conscious consumers and individuals with congestive heart failure (CHF).
What products are planned for the future?
A. Our scheduled rollout for 2009 includes new IDEAL LIFE devices for managing various cardiac, and pulmonary, and weight-related conditions, including:
IDEAL LIFE Sp02-Manger™ (pulse oximeter)
- IDEAL LIFE Breath-Manager™ (peak flow meter)
- IDEAL LIFE Step-Manager™ (pedometer)
- IDEAL LIFE Body-Manager Plus™ (chair scale)
How do IDEAL LIFE products wirelessly communicate information?
A. All IDEAL LIFE products are empowered with IDEAL LIFE technology to wirelessly and automatically communicate information to a secure remote information management system. Our wireless products are designed to work with various modes of communication, including cell phones, telephone lines, and the Internet.
What if my doctor doesn’t use IDEAL LIFE?
A. Many individuals use their IDEAL LIFE device to capture and automatically store their daily health information, then print out the data to bring to their check-ups. This gives doctors a comprehensive and accurate record of their patient’s condition over the previous days, weeks, or months. Such detailed records can be especially useful for individuals with hypertension, whose in-office readings may not be the most accurate representation of their actual day-to-day condition. Many healthcare providers find the IDEAL LIFE system so easy and convenient that they adopt the system for their own practices. This gives them quick and easy access to participating patients’ health information through IDEAL LIFE’s secure website – no special software, training, or data reconfiguration required.
How does IDEAL LIFE integrate with other computer systems/databases?
A. Our system is designed to easily integrate with other computer systems and databases. There is often no additional software, training, or data reconfiguration required. We recommend that you contact IDEAL LIFE directly to inquire about our integration services and options.
What is the company’s history?
A. IDEAL LIFE is a Canadian company that started in 2002, back when existing systems for remote health management were cumbersome, expensive, and difficult to use. IDEAL LIFE’s founder, Jason Goldberg, had a vision for something better. Together with his father, Harvey Goldberg, a consumer product and marketing expert (and former principal force behind the hugely successful Teddy Ruxpin™ toy of the 1980s, and Creepy Crawlers™ of the 1990s), Jason began a systematic exploration of the healthcare marketplace. The result: a consumer-inspired company that creates innovative solutions for many of today’s most challenging and costly healthcare problems. For more information about our company, please read “The IDEAL LIFE Story,” found elsewhere on this website.
Does IDEAL LIFE work outside the U.S.?
A. The IDEAL LIFE system is perfect for working or traveling outside the U.S. Our devices can be used with various modes of communication – such as cell phones, telephone lines, and the Internet – so no matter where you are, you can capture, store, and send health information to your healthcare team.
Is the system available in stores?
A. IDEAL LIFE products are currently only available through select insurers, physician groups and agencies. We expect to have our products and services available online in the fall of 2009, and in retail outlets next year.