Digital medical stethoscopes are the highly functional high-tech tool that telemedicine has been waiting for. The stethoscope works by utilizing the microphone port on the patient’s device to capture and then stream audio files to the provider. Requiring very little on the provider side—just a set of high-quality, over-ear headphones—physicians can analyze the audio data in real-time. To keep these recordings for future reference or study, providers and their facilities may want to consider investing in some sort of HIPAA-compliant networked file storage system.
Other peripherals to explore are:
- Pulse oximeter
- Single lead EKG
- Blood pressure cuff