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>> A visit to the doctor's office can feel like the worst thing when you're already sick. This small device is aimed to replacing physical face-to-face checkups.>> Directing inside my ear canal.>> Reuters correspondent Leann Back is in Israel, where it's been made by leading telemedicine company, Tyto Care.
>> This small device being tested here behind me aims at replacing a doctor's physical checkup at a clinic. Israeli company Tyto Care developed this device as part of a telehealth system, allowing a patient to check their bodily functions at the comfort of their home. Data is then sent to a doctor that can make diagnoses and recommend further treatment.
>> It's linked to an app that can check heart rate or temperature, as well as conduct examination of the ears, throat, and lungs. Clinicians can interact with their patients remotely, and that aspect represents a huge cost saving. In the US, a basic primary care visit costs around $170, three times the cost of telemedicine appointments.
>> While American law makers still struggle to repeal Obamacare, leaving millions of patients hanging, Tyto Care is already marketing in the US, with consumer's kit available in presale for $299. The company plans to launch in Israel by the end of the year, and is hoping to replace some 30% of billions of face-to-face primary care interactions around the world a year.
>> Telemedicine does have its critics who believe that real time encounters with a doctor will always be superior. But those behind it say it could drastically cut the number of face-to-face doctor's visits, and save money for health care providers and insurers.