CliniCloud Rolls Out Connected Stethoscope and Thermometer, Marketed To Parents

San Francisco-based digital health startup CliniCloud unveils its first two products: a connected stethoscope and thermometer that sync with a smartphone app to guide users through a complete check up and and exchange data with a remote physician when clarification is necessary. The new tools come from a pair of physicians who recognized early on that telehealth could not grow at the rates predicted unless someone developed a set of remotely-connected medical devices that patients could own and operate from home. Now, two years after launching, the pair have created a check up kit that it hopes will give doctors the tools they need to remotely diagnose patients.

For $109, CliniCloud is selling what it calls a Connected Medical Kit. The kit includes a contactless thermometer, a “smart” stethoscope, and an app. Of the three, the app is really what makes the medical kit an interesting product. Relying on the thermometer and the stethoscope for data, the app walks users through the process of performing a full check up. The app collects symptoms, guides users through stethoscope placement, records heart and lung sounds, calculates heart rate and respiration rate, and then stores all that information in the cloud. Where the app stops short is in analyzing the heart and lung sounds, comparing them with the reported symptoms, and presenting a list of likely problems. Instead, CliniCloud has partnered with a telehealth provider called Doctors on Demand to connect users with doctors who will review the data and provide clinical expertise. At the end of the visit, the entire encounter is saved for future reference. The app lets users create multiple profiles so that each family member can trend their own data. The package is only available as a pre-order right now, but CliniCloud expects that it will begin shipping orders in June 2015.

Putting more sophisticated clinical tools into the hands of consumers is a quickly growing trend in digital health. For example, the long awaited Scanadu Scout began shipping this month. The Scout is a next generation home thermometer that is held to the temple for ten-seconds and captures a full set of vital signs, including blood pressure, and an ECG. The device made headlines when it broke crowdfunding records on Indiegogo last year, but then ran into manufacturing problems that delayed shipments and cast a doubt over the whole project. Now, back on track, the Scout is making its way out to Scanadu’s early Indiegogo supporters.

On the lab front, a variety of at-home analyzers are making their way toward market debut, including Cue, an analyzer that can diagnose influenza, measure vitamin D, testosterone, and the biomarkers that correlate with fertility and inflammation. Cue is expected to ship by the end of 2015.  Scanadu is making a competing at-home lab analyzer that is also expected to ship in 2015. Scanadu’s analyzer is a urine test kit that will diagnose UTIs, and measure glucose, protein, leukocytes, nitrites, blood, bilirubin, urobilinogen, microalbumin, creatinine, ketone, specific gravity, and pH in urine.

With a laundry list of innovative consumer diagnostic devices making their way into the market, the days of a household having just a thermometer and a scale could quickly be behind us. The new tools also provide a more medically connected patient home that makes the likelihood of telehealth as an alternative to primary care more feasible.

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  • As we go in a life where technology matters, I guess it’s good to have such thing in hand. Thermometer is one of the important things that we should have at home. It is awesome!

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