FDA Clears Digital Stethoscope for Remote Medical Exam
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 11:33 PM

News Bite:  The FDA has cleared a new digital stethoscope for use by consumers and clinicians in telehealth applications. 

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted clearance to TytoCare Inc’s digital stethoscope, which is intended for use by consumers and will provide the “missing link that will help telehealth realize its full potential." 

The company has two platforms: TytoHome for consumers and TytoPro for clinicians. TytoHome guides consumers in performing a medical exam remotely to share with their physician. TytoPro enables clinicians to capture digital exam data; integrate with patient health records for continuity of care; and share exam results with patients and specialists, the company says.

TytoCare is also launching digital tools and an integrated telehealth platform to enable remote examination of the heart, lungs, heart rate, temperature, throat, skin, and ears. “Examinations can be done in real time as part of a live video telehealth visit, or in advance of a telehealth session ('exam and forward')," the company explains in the release.

“TytoCare expands the range of conditions that can be reliably diagnosed via telehealth by capturing comprehensive physical exam data at home and delivering it to a remote physician," TytoCare's website explains.

The use of digital technologies that support high quality remote examinations, when integrated into care delivery models that enhance access both within the context of the medical home and in other settings, promises to transform how patients are treated today. Consumers have demonstrated a strong desire for timely, convenient access to care. 

Source: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/871252