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September 17, 2013
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At-Home Pediatric Diagnostic System
How does the device work?
The Bluetooth-enabled ear infection diagnostic device is one of potentially many pediatric devices that can be used as part of a diagnostic system. The ear infection diagnostic device communicates tympanometry readings, photographic images and body temperature to the phone or computer that is synced to the device. The associated app provides real-time feedback to the user for an accurate scan while it simultaneously plays an entertaining animation. Once the data is collected by the app, the user can select whether to send the data to a pediatrician or a centralized diagnostic center for more immediate results. Patients are given a numerical ID, and identity must be authenticated by a pediatrician before a prescription can be filled. The prescription can then be sent to the preferred pharmacy listed on the app profile, and the user will receive a call or text when the prescription is ready for pick up.
How will it impact healthcare?
When a child is sick, a caregiver calls the pediatrician for an appointment, or takes the child to urgent care or the hospital, arranges to take time off of work (resulting in lost wages or paid time off), waits to get the exam, drives to the pharmacy, and then waits to get the prescription filled. By expediting the diagnosis and treatment of common childhood illnesses, we help to reduce the number of visits to pediatrician offices, urgent cares and even emergency rooms, resulting in faster care for the sick child, opening up appointments for more critical patients, and financial savings for multiple stakeholders. For patients living long distances from their healthcare providers, this brings healthcare one step closer to home.
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