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Israeli technology aims to replace doctors' visits
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Israeli technology aims to replace doctors' visits

An Israeli tele-medicine company is looking to replace some of the billions of face-to-face doctor visits with a new device that allows patients an accurate self-examination from home.

The device is called Tyto and allows patients to measure their own vital signs -- heart rate or temperature -- as well as to conduct examinations of organs that require more accuracy, such as ears, throat and lungs.

"We basically replicate a face-to-face interaction with a remote clinician while allowing him to do a full physical examination, analysis and the diagnosis of a patient at home," explained Dedi Gilad, CEO and co-founder of the Israeli-based Tytocare.

Tele-medicine is a growing trend in the health industry, using new technologies to improve service for patients and cut costs for insurers. It includes various devices for self-check ups or online consultation services.

It has been tested in Israel's Schneider children's hospital. Director of the Emergency Medicine Department at Schneider, Professor Yehezkel Waisman, told Reuters that the research compared the accuracy and quality of physical check ups done by Tyto to those conducted by doctors.

"What we found was really remarkable, that there was almost no difference between the two types of examinations," he said.

Waisman, who also heads one of Israel's biggest insurers' online-doctor service, is a big supporter of tele-medicine but remains aware of the technology's limitations.

"There are certain diseases and complaints that can not be answered by this kind of device and we should carefully judge case by case and be aware of the limitations of this device," he said.

Critics warn that telemedical diagnostics should be limited, arguing that a real-time encounter with a doctor will always be superior.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

Monday, August 28, 2017
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