Mar 15, 2021

Spectrum Health partners with TytoCare to expand remote care

telehealth
remote patient monitoring
AI
Machine Learning
Leila Hawkins
2 min
Spectrum Health partners with TytoCare to expand remote care
Spectrum Health is integrating Tytocare's remote monitoring platform into its offering...

Spectrum Health, one of the top-rated health systems in the US, is partnering with telehealth company TytoCare to expand its virtual care and remote patient monitoring offerings. 

Based in Michigan, Spectrum is expanding its telehealth offerings by integrating TytoCare into its services, giving clinicians the ability to diagnose and treat patients remotely with TytoCare’s handheld AI-powered examination kit. 

The device can perform examinations of the heart, skin, ears, throat, abdomen, and lungs, giving clinicians vital data without the need for a face-to-face visit. Tytocare's cloud-based telehealth platform enables data sharing, conducting live video exams and scheduling visits; as well as analytics with built-in guidance technology and machine learning algorithms. 

Using the Spectrum Health app, consumers can connect to their provider for a live, on-demand video visit, during which the healthcare provider will guide the patient through the examination process using the TytoCare exam kit. 

Based on examination results, the provider can then make a diagnosis and treatment plan and write a prescription, if needed. Video visits with TytoCare and Spectrum Health are available 24/7.

An initial pilot with Spectrum Health employees and their families found that 75 per cent of patients and 100 per cent of healthcare providers said using the TytoCare exam kit during video visits improved the quality of the appointment.

“Spectrum Health is committed to providing an at-home care experience that truly brings the health care provider to our consumers. TytoCare enables us to do just that,” said Darryl Elmouchi, MD, president of Spectrum Health West Michigan. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic shined a light on the importance of telehealth, yet even when the pandemic is behind us, it will still be critical to provide consumers with convenient and accessible high-quality care in the comfort of their own homes.” 

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Jun 14, 2021

Zoom enters the healthcare market - a timeline

telehealth
videoconsultations
covid-19
Zoom
3 min
We chart Zoom's rise and entrance into the healthcare market

Since the pandemic began Zoom has become an integral part of daily life for people working from home, as well as a vital tool for families and friends to communicate. However it's also been eyeing up the healthcare space since 2017, and following the boom in telehealth the company has been rolling out additional services. Here we chart Zoom's move into healthcare. 

2011 - 2013


Zoom is founded in San Jose, California, by Eric Yuan, formerly of Cisco. He got the idea to create a video calling platform from his visits to his girlfriend while he was a student, which would take 10 hours by train. 

A beta version is released in 2012, which can host up to 15 participants. In 2013 this rises to 25. By mid-2013, Zoom has 1 million users. 

2014 - 2017

Zoom attracts investors, including Sequoia Capital, Emergence and Horizon Ventures. By January 2017, Zoom has a series D funding worth $100 million.

2017 - 2019

Zoom for Telehealth launches, including an integration with EHR system Epic. It has cloud-based video, audio, and content sharing features, a "waiting room" for patients, and can easily be integrated into healthcare provider's workflows. 

In 2019 Zoom goes public, with its IPO rising 72% in one day. 

2020

As a result of the pandemic, Zoom gains 2.2 million new users, more than in the whole of 2019. On the 23rd of March alone - the day the UK lockdown was announced - the platform was downloaded 2.13 million times around the world. 

Share prices rise to around $150, and founder and chief executive Eric Yuan becomes one of the world's richest people, with an estimated net worth of $7.9 billion. 

Early security issues are addressed by encrypting data with the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). By now the the platform allows 99 people to be on a call simultaneously
New features launch, including Zoom Home and Zoom for Chats. Throughout the year the platform is used to replace most kinds of real life events: work meetings, online classrooms, church services and social events. 

2021

Renamed Zoom for Healthcare, users can share secured video, audio, and content through desktops, mobile phones, and conference devices. As well as Epic, it can be integrated with Strmr, IntakeQ, and Practice Better.

It can also be used with diagnostic cameras and other point-of-care devices, including digital stethoscopes.

In an interview with Korea Biomedical Review, Zoom Global Healthcare Lead Ron Emerson said: "Our service is not simply a virtual care and telemedicine platform but a multi-purpose platform that can satisfy the needs of healthcare institutions."

"It can be used for administrative tasks, including telemedicine, medical team meetings, recruitment, medical education, employee training, and disease prevention. Analysing electronic records managed by Zoom could provide meaningful insights into patient care." 

Phoenix Children's Hospital, Belfast's Hospital Services Limited, Butler Health Services and the global Project ECHO are among Zoom for Healthcare's current customers. 

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