Disposable iPad stethoscope attachment for telemedicine and office visits

This model has not been assessed for community use or in a clinical setting. Further optimization may be required.

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Mon, 2020-04-13 09:41

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The adapter attaches over the microphone of the iPad. Blue tubing connects the parts. Pink indicates glue.



I am a senior citizen with a heart condition that requires monitoring and I appreciate the thought that went into designing a model that I can use at home with my iPad/iPhone to reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19 in face-to-face interaction at the doctor’s office and the hospital and my ability to help in the collection of data will be appreciated at a time when televisits are more and more recommended.

I am excited about this stethescope attatchment as it will revolutionize virtual telemedicine visits. I have been a nurse practitioner working in family medicine for  twenty three years. This device would be extremely useful during this pandemic as I am seeing all of my patients virtually, via telemedicine platforms. The patient would be able to have an assessment and a physical exam of their condition in their own home.  This is extremely beneficial because many patients have numerous obstacles getting into the office for a traditional office visit. There are mobility, psychological, and financial reasons patients do not come in for needed medical appointments. This innovative attachment would decrease these particular barriers. This ingenious accessory would allow a trained clinician to listen to a patient's heart and lungs by simply applying a plastic apparatus to their own cell phone and placing it over their heart or lung. Therefore, as telemedicine visits are going to be increasing in the coming years this device will surely benefit many patients and clinicians.