Health Canada Approves First Smart Stethoscope
TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2016 /CNW/ - Medical device company Eko today announced it has received a Health Canada license to introduce its next generation digital stethoscope, the Eko Core, to the Canadian healthcare market. On the 200th anniversary of the stethoscope's invention, the Eko Core is paving the way for a new generation of clinicians to more effectively screen for and monitor the cardiovascular diseases that affect 1.6 million Canadians.
The Eko Core is the only stethoscope on the market to wirelessly stream heart and lung sounds to a secure smartphone application; it is also the first such device to enable the saving of these sounds to a patient's electronic health record (EHR). Using the mobile application, clinicians can also record, save, and share heart and lung sounds across the care team in real time.
"I use the Eko Core daily both for teaching as well as electronically sharing auscultation findings with colleagues so that we can come to a consensus on diagnosis", said Dr. Michael Storr*, Pediatric Hospitalist at Kingston General Hospital in Ontario. "In Canada, our vast geography results in large distances between the pediatric tertiary care centres and health professionals in the community. The Eko Core and accompanying software is ideal for long distance education and consultation."
The Eko Core, first cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2015, is used by clinicians at over 400 hospitals and health systems across the United States. As the only stethoscope to wirelessly pair with a secure mobile app (available for free on the Apple App Store & Google Play Store), the Eko Core allows clinicians to view a heart or lung sound waveform, save sounds directly to a patient's electronic health record, and securely collaborate with another clinician for a second opinion or telehealth consult.
According to the 2015 Canadian Telehealth Report, telehealth visits grew over 45% between 2012 and 2014, from 282,000 visits to more than 411,000 visits. Eko will help power this growth by offering Canadian telehealth departments a subscription-based service to wirelessly stream heart and lung sounds between clinicians during telemedicine visits.
The Eko Core is now available for purchase at www.ekodevices.com and through MedTach, a Canadian medical device distributor. Practitioners can purchase either the Eko Core Digital Attachment ($265 CAD), a digital converter for analog stethoscopes, or the Eko Core Bundle Stethoscope ($399 CAD), a bundle that features the Eko Core Digital Attachment pre-assembled to a cardiology-grade analog stethoscope.
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- *Dr. Michael Storr, Pediatric Hospitalist at Kingston General Hospital, a Eko Core beta tester
- Greig Findley, President & CEO of MedTach
- Connor Landgraf, Co-Founder & CEO of Eko
Eko Devices Inc. (Eko) has built a platform of non-invasive cardiovascular monitoring devices, clinical software, and point-of-care decision support algorithms to improve the delivery of cardiovascular care. In 2015, Eko launched the Eko Core Digital Stethoscope, the first FDA-cleared digital stethoscope on the market to wirelessly stream heart & lung sounds to HIPAA-compliant software. For the first time in history, patient sounds can be integrated with electronic health records (EHRs) for more seamless referrals, documentation and monitoring.
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