Upon first glance, it's pretty sweet. I hate to admit that I like new things and I'm attracted to nice looking things. "Ooh, something shiny!" I like new gadgets and I'm especially fond of new and fancy ways to test blood sugar. This meter is SLEEK. It even feels nice in your hand and kind of resembles the great big world of istuffs. And we all know how istuffs are kind of taking over the world.
It has an attractive colour illuminated LCD screen as well as my favourite feature of any glucose meter that can possibly exist out there, a test strip port light! SO simple, yet SOoo logical. The strips are different from any others with their prong-like shape. I am not very dainty with my belongings in addition to being a klutz. The strips are kind of thin and I found myself fumbling with them. That's not an overly "bad" thing, it's probably just me. I did bend one totally when I was trying to shove it back in the bottle and it still performed just peachy. At least they put up with me.
There is no removable battery and you have to plug it in to charge it. I will be honest, I was a bit shocked that the life of the battery is only like 2 weeks. My Contour USB which charges in a computer lasts for more than 4 months. But in the Verio's defense, it does a good job at pre-warning you of low battery.
So the VerioIQ is put out by the One Touch folks (Lifescan). In Canada I find that they are maybe the largest market leader. I've noticed more people use their meters. The One Touch Mini is SUPER popular. I've never owned a One Touch product myself but there's no reason for that, just the way the test strips fell. They make the Animas insulin pumps and have an integrated glucose meter in with the pump controller. Needless to say they are a large company.
The biggest thing the Verio boasts is it's "Pattern Alert" technology which searches for high and low blood glucose patterns and notifies you, so you can make adjustments. Basically, if you get a low or high number at the same time for a few days in a row, the meter will alert you.
SOOoooo.... What do I think?
Well, because I only used the strips it came with, 50 strips is not a whole lot for me to actually develop patterns. 50 test strips lasts me MAYBE 5 days (I know, I test a lot).
I did... have an issue. A big issue.
When I get a new meter I go ape shit for a few days testing its accuracy. I was using the Contour USB (everyday use) and the Freestyle Lite (usually for exercising). So for a number of days in a row, every single time I tested my blood sugar, I used 3 meters. It was a hassle but a necessary hassle.
What can I say? The Verio was consistently, 95% of the time, much higher (than my Contour USB). It was also higher than my Freestyle Lite.
This is just a small selection of the recording I did with all three meters for a week
Contour USB readings were the lowest
VerioIQ readings were the highest clocking in at an average of 1.8mmol (30mg) higher than the USB.
Freestyle Lite was almost ALWAYS in the middle with an average of only 0.5mmol (10mg) higher than the USB
There were a few times I felt legitimately low and gave the Verio a whirl. Those times it came back with a nice normal reading. But my other two meters said I was low. I WAS low, because I FELT low. Once I pulled out a brand new unexpired bottle of control solution (or as I like to call it, "normal person stuff"). See picture below for the results of what is supposed to be "normal".
Done WITH the control solution. Fuck that.
Sadly, I put the sexy VerioIQ back in the case (which is quite large btw) and into the storage bin of other misfit meters. Next blood draw at the lab I'll put the army of meters to do a better accuracy test. But until I can prove that one meter is more accurate than the next, I won't use it.
Needless to say, I feel obligated to put my trust in the Freestyle. Despite the meter not being sweet, sexy and cool, I go for accuracy first. I know this is not the same result that other folks have been having and it seems everybody is far more lucky than me. This is not to say that this meter isn't good, it just doesn't please me.
In conclusion, the VerioIQ is a sweet meter, I just wish for better accuracy (and a way better battery life!). Because after all, we base life or death decisions on those numbers and they are already allowed a 20% accuracy discrepancy.