Home Medical Kit Makes Telemedicine Possible
Startup Tyto Care created an at-home kit that lets parents take readings from a sick child and send them to their doctor for analysis and non-urgent care
It’s no secret that kids get sick a lot, and even though it doesn’t often result in the need major care, parents like to check in with a doctor. But that means busy parents have to find a way to get their kids to a pediatrician’s office. Dedi Gilad, an Israeli entrepreneur and father of two, created home medical kit Tyto Care that sends at-home results taken by the parent to a doctor for analysis.
The $299 kit comes with a modular device with a stethoscope, thermometer, otoscope and special camera, so parents can monitor the heart, lungs, ears and take high resolution pictures of the eyes, skin, and throat. From there, the pediatrician (who needs to already be subscribed to Tyto Care in order to access the data) looks at the readings and gives a diagnosis. The system is, of course, not designed to replace taking a child to a doctor if they have a very high fever or are showing signs of distress.
This new technology takes into account not only the healthcare needs of children but also the struggles of the parents to give them the right non-urgent care. And while this device may raise concerns about data and over-reliance, this at-home kit allows parents to save time, money and stress from the comfort of home.