By Dr. Yuriy Sarkisov, BiMedis staff writer
When flu season hits, and you or your loved one feel something coming on, you would usually drag yourself out of bed, call your doctor to schedule an appointment, drive to the hospital and sit in a waiting room. Is it really necessary to have to take off work to sit with a bunch of sick people for god knows how long just to get a prescription? Sitting there with an orchestra of sneezes, sniffles and coughs you might start wondering if there is some way around all this. Tyto, an Israeli company, might just have the answer.
This new innovation doesn’t come as a surprise to Team BiMedis. We’ve already featured a review of telemedicine trends so we’ve already had a taste of what’s to come. Telemedicine and telehealth are slated to continue growing as new state-of-the-art devices and programs are developed to improve public health on the whole. With telemedine you can get a diagnosis from a highly qualified specialist halfway around the world. Alternatively, with TytoСare, you have the opportunity to consult with the doctor you trust, via Tyto’s software.
THE TYTOCARE SOLUTION
The genus of owls, Tyto, includes all barn owls. Ancient Greeks believed the owl to be a symbol of wisdom and knowledge, so it’s no wonder that a device that can perform a high quality clinical examination would be named after it. TytoCare is a thought-out, multipurpose system that will save you time and money and will give you peace of mind. The basic home kit consists of a modular device with a stethoscope, otoscope and special camera. TytoCare is able to auscultate the heart and lungs, peer into the ear, and take high resolution pictures of the mouth and throat, skin, and eyes. It also has a built-in thermometer (probably infrared) that can be simply swiped on the forehead to get an accurate temperature reading. The platform also includes a smart guidance system that gives you audio and visual cues to let you know that you’ve got the best possible picture and sounds.
If you think that’s cool, you can not only perform the examination on your own, but with the help of a doctor in real-time, via Tyto’s video conference feature. You call in, the doctor connects and it’s that simple. If the doctor sees something suspicious he/she can either call you in for a more thorough check-up or if a diagnosis can be made, send you a digital prescription for medication. You get qualified medical care without having to visit a germ-ridden hospital.
The TytoPro kit is a more feature-rich version that allows doctors to integrate any images, audio recordings and notes into existing health records. With these additions, doctors can analyze information, compare, and share the data with other clinicians for a second opinion.
THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE
TytoCare offers a unique solution to an everyday problem. Taking a sick child to a germ incubator is pretty much the last thing we want to do, and TytoCare lets us avoid it. With its slew of features in the neat little Tyto package, the future of telemedicine looks even brighter.