New study finds TytoCare telehealth exams equivalent to in-clinic exams
TytoCare is a handheld device and telehealth solution designed to capture and transmit ear, throat, lung, skin, heart and temperature exam data to a physician.
Tyto Care announced the results of a study with the Schneider Children’s Medical Center and the Sackler School of Medicine that affirms its solution’s ability to perform physical examinations on par with conventional in-clinic examination tools.
TytoCare is a handheld device and telehealth solution designed to capture and transmit ear, throat, lung, skin, heart and temperature exam data to a physician. The study was looking to evaluate the accuracy and quality of the physical examination findings reached by a remote physician using TytoCare versus physicians using conventional examination tools, including traditional otoscopes and stethoscopes.
The participants were 137 children aged 2-18 who were seeking care from the emergency department of a tertiary care facility. The study was conducted in a combined effort by Professor Yehezkel Waisman, Director of Emergency Medicine, Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel; and Associate Professor of the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University; and Dr. Assaf Sharabi of the Schneider Children's Medical Center.
"The results are clear — examination findings achieved with TytoCare are on par with those reached by conventional examination tools," Professor Waisman said in a statement. "Beyond that, the quality of the readings as well as the overall user experience received positive ratings from physicians, a great testament to the solution's promise to provide accurate and confident diagnoses via telehealth technology."
Patients were examined and assessed by one physician using conventional examination tools and again by a second remote physician using exam data captured by TytoCare. The two result sets were compared and analyzed using standard statistical tests for agreement. In addition, the quality of the data retrieved and the user experience of TytoCare were evaluated on a spectrum from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent), with adverse events recorded. Results showed a range of good to excellent agreement for all exams conducted using TytoCare and conventional exam tools, with a p-value
"The proven success of TytoCare signifies a major advance in the telehealth industry," Tyto Care Founder and CEO, Dedi Gilad, said in a statement. "By providing reliable, remote examination data, TytoCare delivers 'the missing link in telehealth,’ expanding the ability of physicians to reach confident diagnoses miles away from their patients."
TytoCare has recently announced a strategic partnership with American Well, a leading telehealth technology and services company in the US. This device has a form factor that is usable and efficient. The entire examination can be performed by changing the adapter. There are individual adapters for ear and throat exams, heart and lung, temperature, and skin images. Tytcocare was developed in Israel.It is not yet apparent if the company has applied for a CE, IDE or FDA clearance.