The stethoscope, that traditional tool doctors use to listen to the heart and a symbol of medicine itself, hasn’t changed much in the 200 years since its invention.
Eko Devices, a Silicon Valley startup, wants to bring the stethoscope into the future.
The digital device, called the Eko Core, slips onto a regular stethoscope and connects to app that records the sounds of a patient’s heart. Those recordings are then stored in the company’s HIPAA-compliant database.
The device opens the potential for heart sounds to be studied by clinicians, helping to better understand the human heart and improve diagnoses for murmurs, valve problems and blockages.
Cardiologists at the Mayo Clinic, Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco, who have sampled the tech are initially impressed, according to media reports.
The digital stethoscope has received FDA approval.
Read more at The Washington Post
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