How to see a doctor without leaving home
A new digital health monitor makes it easy for a doctor to evaluate patients remotely via live feed.
All the trappings of a traditional doctor visit, without the commute or the bothersome wait times? We'll open up and say "ah" to that.
The latest iteration of what industry insiders call "telemedicine" brings us TytoCare, a smart stethoscope made in Israel that allows you to perform routine medical examinations – ears, throat, skin, heart, lungs, temperature – all in the comfort of your own home. It connects to a smartphone and can be used and analyzed in real time while a doctor observes, or prior to an appointment to be reviewed later.
“For the first time we are making it possible to closely replicate, from home, a face-to-face visit to the doctor’s office,” said Dedi Gilad, CEO and co-founder of TytoCare and a graduate of Tel Aviv University. “Tyto is providing the missing link that will help telehealth realize its full potential.”
The company's offering actually consists of two products: TytoPro, made for clinicians to capture and share remote examination data, conduct a specialist consultation or get a second opinion; and TytoHome, for consumers to use at home to connect with a clinician.
Both devices recently received FDA approval, which means you, the consumer, might be seeing the device pop up at retail clinics, your employer's office or self-service kiosks in the near future. Here's a video that shows how it works:
Dr. Karen S. Rheuban, who sits on TytoCare's advisory board and is a past president of the American Telemedicine Association, said the device "virtually replicates an in-person visit." She said it has the potential to improve the level of care for school-based clinics, home health providers, nurses, patients and family caregivers.
“The use of digital technologies that support high-quality remote examinations ... promises to transform how patients are treated today," Rheuban said.
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