Best Buy, seeking to remain relevant in the age of Amazon, has identified health as a key growth focus. The latest sign of that ambition: it’s the first U.S. retailer to sell exclusively a telehealth device kit that allows consumers to perform medical tests on areas including heart, lungs, throat and ears and connect with physicians to remotely diagnose symptoms.
Best Buy is selling the $299.99 TytoHome kit on its website and at some of its stores initially before a bigger rollout later on, Dedi Gilad, CEO and co-founder of the device maker Tyto Care, said in an interview. It marks the first time the FDA-cleared kit – which allows users to conduct medical exams and send the captured information to a primary care provider for such diagnosis as ear infection or stomach ache at any time and from anywhere — is being sold directly to consumers, he said.
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