Philips Virtual Care Management Program
How do I sign up for the program?
It’s easy to sign-up. If you wish to do so on-line, please click the "Order Now
" button on the home page and you will begin a quick step-by-step process. Or, if you'd like assistance signing up, contact Customer Care at 888-666-4530.
Will my health plan cover the program?
The Philips Virtual Care Management program is designed to provide a price competitive alternative to health insurance coverage that allows individuals to avoid the hassle of submitting claims. For a low monthly program fee, you receive the Philips Connected Blood Glucose Meter (BGM) and all necessary supplies at a price comparable to many copays.
If I require additional supplies, how can I get them?
Philips monitors your test strip usage on a continual basis and will automatically send you resupplies before you run out. However, should your supplies be lost or damaged, you can request a re-order through Customer Care at 888-666-4530.
How can I update my credit card information?
If your credit card is due to expire in the next 30 days, you’ll receive an automated email notification with a useful link and directions explaining how to update your Philips profile. Should your credit card be lost or stolen, or if you wish to use an alternate card, please access your account at shopbiotel.com
to update your personal profile.
How can I obtain a billing statement?
Every time the monthly program fee is charged to your credit card, you’ll receive an automated email notification stating the amount charged, billing date, and service provided. Additionally, a historical listing of all charges can be accessed when you log into your account at shopbiotel.com
If I want to cancel an order or disenroll from the program, what do I need to do?
If you submit your enrollment form and have second thoughts or wish to disenroll after you receive your meter, please contact Customer Care at 888-666-4530 as soon as possible and a representative will assist you with the process. Please note that if you choose to disenroll prior to the end of your agreed upon contract period, an early termination fee may apply.
If I need to return my meter, what is the process?
If for any reason you need to return your meter, please contact Customer Care at 888-666-4530 to receive a Return Kit with prepaid postage and instructions. Once you receive the kit, place return items in the package, use the provided shipping label, and following the instructions for returning the package. Please do not return any items without first contacting us.
Using the Philips Connected Blood Glucose Monitoring System
How do I send my data from the BGM monitor to my online portal?
The Philips BGM's embedded cellular technology enables your data to be submitted to www.philips.com/virtualcareportal
anywhere cellular coverage is available. The strength of the cellular signal is indicated on the screen of your BGM. In instances where readings are taken, and no cellular coverage is available, the BGM will store the readings and automatically attempt to transmit the data the next time you take a reading. This process will repeat until the BGM is within the range of the cellular network and the readings are successfully transmitted.
Will I pay additional charges for the BGM’s cellular service?
The BGM and the cellular service that makes transmission of the readings possible are all provided to you as part of your low, monthly program fee. There will be no additional data charges or cellular contracts to sign.
Will my BGM still work even if I haven’t activated my online portal?
Your BGM can always be used, regardless of whether you have an account. The online portal is an accessory to your BGM. It is not a requirement.
Do I have to answer messages that I receive on my BGM?
Messages to the BGM are provided for your benefit only and do not require a response.
What happens to my data if I lose or damage my BGM?
Even if you lose or damage your BGM, all data previously sent to www.philips.com/virtualcareportal
will remain available and secure.
What happens if the BGM can’t find a cellular signal to send the data to the portal?
The BGM will allow you to check your readings regardless of cellular connection. As long as the battery is charged, you can use it. In most instances, cellular coverage will be sufficient to send the data to the portal. However, if the BGM is unable to send the data, it will be stored in internal memory and the BGM will attempt to send it to the portal again the next time a reading is taken with the BGM. This will occur every time a reading is taken with the BGM until the stored data is successfully transmitted. The BGM can store up to 300 readings.
What if I’m traveling between time zones with my BGM?
Your BGM will recognize the time zone where you are located. If problems arise, please contact the technical support center at 877-777-4710.
Will my BGM work if I’m traveling outside the United States?
As long as your BGM is charged, you can continue to take readings anywhere in the world. However, readings will not be transmitted to the portal if you are outside the United States. The BGM will store up to 300 readings and attempt to resubmit them when you take your next reading and will continue this process until you are in range of a cellular network in the United States.
If I don’t want to select a tag for my blood glucose reading, will the data be sent to the portal anyway?
You are not required to tag your blood glucose readings. Blood glucose readings submitted without tags will still be sent to the portal and labeled as “No Selection.”
Can I see previous messages that have been sent to my BGM?
You can view your message history on www.philips.com/virtualcareportal
by scrolling down to the “Latest Message” section located on your “Dashboard” page.
How do I know if my blood glucose readings were transmitted?
When data is successfully submitted, the BGM will display a message indicating that data was sent. When the BGM is set to “Airplane Mode”, or if a cellular connection is unavailable, the BGM will display a message indicating that it is unable to connect and that another attempt will be made when a subsequent reading is taken.
If I’m having problems with my BGM, what should I do?
If you encounter any difficulties with your BGM, please contact our technical support center at 877-777-4710.
Accessing and using the portal
How do I get an account to access my data online?
When you sign up for Philips Virtual Care Management, you will be sent an email explaining how to access your www.philips.com/virtualcareportal
account. Your personal account will be used to securely store your health data, and allow you to review your data as needed. If you have any difficulties accessing your account, please contact our technical support center at 877-777-4710.
Which internet browsers are compatible with www.philips.com/virtualcareportal?
Tested browsers include Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.17501; Firefox 35.0.1; Chrome 40.0.2214.111; Safari 8.0.3
Can I use www.philips.com/virtualcareportal on my smartphone?
The portal accessed at www.philips.com/virtualcareportal
can be viewed on a smartphone. Users can access the site using the following mobile browsers that have been verified and validated to function properly: Apple iOS 7; Google Android 2.8.
What types of error messages might I encounter when accessing the portal?
Error messages might occur if an incorrect username or password is entered. They may also occur if you try to save information to your profile in an incorrect format. Please call our technical support center at 877-777-4710 if errors persist.
Will www.philips.com/virtualcareportal log me out automatically?
As a security precaution, www.philips.com/virtualcareportal will log you out after 10 idle minutes. If this occurs, you will be required to login again.
Is there any specialized software required?
The portal is web-based. If you are using a web-browser to access www.philips.com/virtualcareportal
, no special software is required.
How do I know if my blood glucose readings are in the proper target range?
Philips uses guidelines established by the American Association of Diabetes Educator as the default values for our system's recommended glucose ranges. However, you and your healthcare provider should work together to determine your personal goals. Once this consultation occurs, you can adjust your target ranges within the clinical profile of your www.philips.com/virtualcareportal
account. And if your healthcare provider has accepted your invitation to access your data, they have the option to adjust your target ranges as well through the healthcare professional portal view; these personalized target ranges will appear on your BGM when you take readings.
Can I get help setting up my www.philips.com/virtualcareportal account?
Your BGM comes with a step-by-step guide explaining how to set up your account. If you need additional help, please call the technical support center at 877-777-4710.
How do I save my login information?
To safeguard your privacy, it is important to keep your login information secure. If you are using your personal computer to access www.philips.com/virtualcareportal
and you feel your information is safe on that computer, you have the option to save your login information using your web browser’s built-in login saving features.
What happens if my BGM sends data while I’m logged into www.philips.com/virtualcareportal?
You can refresh your browser to display the most recent readings.
What data can I change on the portal?
You can edit all of the biographical information listed in your User Profile and add notes for each of your blood glucose readings. However, you cannot edit your blood glucose readings or reading tags.
How do I give family members, friends or health care providers access to my data?
By accessing your account on www.philips.com/virtualcareportal
, you can give one or more family members or friends visibility of your data. Each person you invite will receive unique log-in credentials that can be used to view your data on the portal. Should you wish to provide your physician with access to your data as well, please contact our technical support center at 877-777-4710 and a representative will assist you with the process.
Can I upload readings from other meters into my portal profile?
Readings taken on meters other than the Philips BGM can not be automatically uploaded to your www.philips.com/virtualcareportal
account. However, it is possible to create manual entries for blood glucose data on the BGM screen and by accessing your www.philips.com/virtualcareportal
account. These manual logging capabilities can also be used to document other relevant health data such as blood pressure, carbohydrate intake, and prescription drugs.
Data Privacy & Security
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