Location: United States
The device can be used at home to take a temperature, check the ears and throat, and listen to lung sounds. The information can be used by the remote doctor to make a diagnosis.
Telemedicine has been growing in popularity for some time. It has now become a normal part of primary care due to Covid-19 and the need for social distancing. Being able to consult with a GP through your phone or computer can save time, stress, and makes medical care accessible in remote places.
However, it has some limitations. The biggest being that if any physical exams are required, the patient will have to go into the clinic. TytoCare developed TytoHome as a solution to this problem. They hope to make remote primary care as effective as face-to-face appointments with the doctor.
Their home kit provides basic diagnostic tools that can be used during a video appointment with the doctor. The base Tyto device offers a thermometer and camera, with adaptors available for examining the ears, a stethoscope for listening to heart and lung sounds, and a tongue depressor. TytoCare connects you via video chat with a doctor who will take you through using the device. Using the data collected from the assessment, they can provide a diagnosis and prescription.
“Covid-19 led to an immediate change to remote consultations for primary care here in the UK. We began using video and digital tools like never before. Tech that facilitates the telemedicine experience for both patients and doctors is valuable. While this is aimed at individual consumers, I can see a potential benefit in places like nursing or residential care. I’d be interested to know the accuracy of such devices when compared to a stethoscope, for example” – Dr Vinay Shankar