Innovative telemedicine device now available at Henry Ford Health

Henry Ford Health System in Michigan is now using a new technology that allows physicians to remotely look inside patient’s throats and ears, listen to their hearts and examine skin conditions virtually.

TytoCare is a virtual exam kit approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that can further exam  patients via telemedicine. A patient can connect the small device to their smartphone. The device is equipped with cameras and sensors that allow physicians to examine their patient remotely.

 

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Diane George D.O., Chief Medical Officer at Henry Ford Health, said in a statement on the device:

“The technology blows you away.

When doctors look in an ear normally, we see what we need to see but we’re using a scope to look into the ear canal, which is obviously very small. With the kind of optics that are built into the TytoCare device and the high resolution, the image we’re seeing on the computer screen is much bigger and clearer than when we’re looking in the ear through a scope.”

The camera allows for doctors to look deep into patients’ ears and mouths. The sensor can also capture heart beat, lung and other abdominal sounds.

The device costs $299, though it may be covered by insurance in some cases.

Use of telemedicine has ballooned since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020. Henry Ford Health reports that they have conducted more that 300,000 telemedicine visits in the year since the pandemic started. Only 17,000 telemedicine visits were conducted in the entirety of 2019.