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May 17, 2018,  by Allianz Partners Business Insights

Steth IO is launching a smartphone stethoscope to see and hear heart and lung sounds

200 years after it was first created, the stethoscope has just been modernised by Steth IO. The American company has now developed a version for smartphone. 

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American company Steth IO have just announced that they are commercialising their Smartphone Stethoscope: an innovative device that enables doctors to visualise the sounds made by their patients’ heart and lungs in real time – a world first, reports MedGadget. This stethoscope also enables doctors to save and share the results of an examination, so that they can forward them to a specialist if necessary. 


Quicker and easier examinations  


Integrated directly into the doctor’s iPhone (iPhone 6 and above), the Smartphone Stethoscope needs no batteries or charge: it uses the telephone’s battery. Simpler to use than a traditional or digital stethoscope, the device is placed directly onto the patient’s chest and can be used with just one hand. 

The Smartphone Stethoscope enables doctors to carry out examinations more quickly and easily. “I have been using this product for a few months now,” says Dr Mahesh Mulumudi, cardiologist and founder of Steth IO. “As well as helping my diagnoses, I’ve found patients are much more engaged in their own physical exam. They love to see and hear their own heart and lung sounds.” 


A patented and FDA-approved device 


Dreamt up and designed by Suman Mulumudi when he was studying medicine in Seattle, the Steth IO stethoscope has since been patented. It was approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for medical use in 2016. 

“This is a great device – the visualisation and the playback capability are really useful. I think the ability to store serial exams will enhance patient care,” said Dr Chris Ortiz, an Accident & Emergency doctor based in Texas and one of the device’s beta-testers. “When I use the device, some patients look at me as if I’m from Star Trek, it’s pretty cool!” 

The Smartphone Stethoscope is available from the website for 199 dollars. It is used with the Steth IO application, which is available to download free form the App Store


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