A Digital Stethoscope for Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM)

I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t know the history of the stethoscope and definitely didn’t understand how it worked.  Although, we certainly all know how iconic the stethoscope is in healthcare.  It’s been a fixture in medicine that hasn’t really been innovated on in years.  At least until now.

A company called Thinklabs has created a digital stethoscope called the Thinklabs One.  Interested in all sorts of remote medical devices, I had to sit down with Clive Smith, CEO and Founder of Thinklabs, to learn more about this device.

In a smart move, they made the device look similar to the end of a traditional stethoscope.  Although, given its digital nature, there’s no need for the hollow tubes since it can be used with headphones (bluetooth work fine) or even remotely monitored and listened to on your computer from a remote location.  I was also intrigued that the sounds could be recorded.

It’s not hard to see the implications this has for remote patient monitoring.  However, this device has also been used by doctors in hospitals where they want to remotely listen to the lungs of a patient without having to don PPE.  No doubt a major time saver and also saves PPE.

To learn more about the Thinklabs One, check out our video interview below.  We dive into a lot of details about the digital stethoscope, how it works, what situations does it makes sense to use this device, and where this technology and related technology is going when it comes to remote patient monitoring.  Plus, we talk about how AI will eventually be applied to this data.

For more information about Think Labs: https://www.thinklabs.com/

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About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.

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