Best Buy Co. Inc. continues its push into the market for home-based digital healthcare.
Last week Best Buy announced a new relationship with TytoCare Ltd., a developer of web examination tools and services integrated with telehealth services from American Well.
Under the relationship, Best Buy will carry Tytohome, a $300 home health examination device linked to a mobile app and telehealth services that can be used to exam heart, lung, skin, ears, throat and abdomen issues. The product, which Best Buy will carry online and in stores in California, Ohio, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, also can be used for diagnosis, through digital doctor visits, such acute care conditions as ear infections, sore throats, fever, cold and flu, allergies, stomach aches, upper respiratory infections, coughs and rashes.
TytoCare is building a network of health systems, provider groups, large insurers and physicians that use its platform, says founder and CEO Dedi Gilad.
TytoCare’s relationship with Best Buy, which last October spent nearly $1 billion on its acquisition of GreatCall, a San Diego provider of cell phone and related digital home healthcare services to seniors, positions both companies for growth in the home market for digital health services, the retailer says.
TytoCare’s examination platform includes a digital handheld device to which different adapters can be attached to examine the throat, ears and abdomen, check body temperature and hear heart and lung sounds.
Consumers can capture heart and lung sounds by pressing the device over those areas and take their temperature by pressing the device to their forehead. The device also includes a camera that allows consumers to capture images of a patient’s throat or inner ear, for example. The device transmits data to a HIPAA-compliant mobile app that can be accessed on a smartphone or other mobile device.
The consumer then uses the TycoCare app on her smartphone or tablet to send exam data to the doctor before or during the telehealth visit.
The app, which is available from TytoCare through the Google and Apple app stores, allows consumers to transmit exam data live to a physician during a telehealth consultation, forward exam data to a physician for review at a later date, and review the data themselves. Data is sent to a physician using a secure link. Exam results can be integrated into electronic health records systems.
TytoCare, based in New York, currently has provider relationships with physicians through the American Well telehealth platform and Sanford Health, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, healthcare delivery network with 44 hospitals, 1,400 physicians and more than 200 long-term care facilities in 26 states and nine countries.