by Sarah Makuta (ABC)
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Leaving a loved one for a stay at the hospital can be tough. Are they getting the attention and the care they really need if a family member or a friend isn’t there with them to call the nurse? But through advances in virtual health, West Michigan based AvaSure is working to bring assistance to patients and peace of mind to their families.
Another device gaining in popularity is TytoCare. And with this device, Spectrum Health is making virtual house calls.
“The device itself is really giving the tool to the patient, to be able to do these clinical exams at home and connect with their providers,” says Spectrum Health’s Dr. Joel Lopez. “It’s not so much that the care is going virtual — the care is still with your provider here at Spectrum, but its really taking the stethoscope that I have around my neck now and using the virtual platforms to do that at home.”
The TytoCare device is used along with a rea-time telehealth session using a smart phone, but it can also be used to track data on your own, that you can then share with your provider.
“Let’s say a kid has tubes in their ears, and you want to see after that procedure how the ear is doing,” explains Dr. Lopez. A couple of different days you are obtaining that data at home, and rather than coming in and having the provider take a quick peak in a one time visit, you can obtain the data at home and send that to your doctor as well.”