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Mobile medical devices are often used by either healthcare professionals or patients to capture medical data and send it to a medical professional at another location. For example, a patient who has just had a heart attack and is being remotely monitored after hospital discharge may need a mobile ECG device to track their heart activity. 

Some telemedicine providers offer packages with basic mobile medical devices or even require the purchase of a patient monitoring system. This type of telemedicine equipment might look like a handheld console that shows patients a series of questions (“Are you feeling better today?”), tracks their responses, and then sends the data to a physician via an Internet connection. Other mobile medical devices might include a vital signs monitor or an ECG device. 

In the case of store-and-forward telemedicine solutions, where a healthcare provider is examining a patient at one location and needs to share visual medical information with a doctor at another location, the equipment is more sophisticated. Telemedicine device companies offer a range of medical scopes that have integrated visual and audio recording devices. Some scopes allow the provider to capture images of the exam and then share it with other devices via a USB port. Digital stethoscopes let physicians record and share a patient’s heart and lung sounds.