Henry Ford Health System is taking telemedicine to a new level with technology that allows doctors to remotely look inside a patient’s throat and ears, listen to their heart and lungs, examine skin conditions and more without the patient having to leave their home.
Approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Tyto Care™ technology in the Henry Ford Virtual Exam Kit has a built-in camera and three special adapters—an otoscope, a stethoscope and a tongue depressor—that enhances the capability and convenience of a virtual visit.
“As the number of patients choosing telemedicine remains high, we’re excited to be the only healthcare system in eastern Michigan to bring this game-changing technology to our patients,” said Steven Kalkanis, M.D., CEO of the Henry Ford Medical Group and Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of Henry Ford Health System . “We believe this technology elevates the video visit experience and may help patients avoid an in-person visit to urgent care or the emergency department.”
The hand-held device in the virtual exam kit fits in the palm of your hand. It connects with your smartphone, then securely to My Chart, a free service offered to Henry Ford patients that provides secure online access to their medical information and connects to a telemedicine visit.
“The technology blows you away,” said Diane George, D.O., a family medicine physician and Chief Medical Officer for primary care at Henry Ford , adding that the clarity listening to the lungs and other sounds is equal to or even better than doing so in-person.
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