Eko Telemedicine for COVID-19 Response

March 24, 2020

Highlights 

  • Telehealth is an essential tool in our collective fight to #beatCOVID; but, it is only effective if providers get the critical information they need to assess their patients' respiratory and cardiac status. With Eko, providers will be able to virtually examine their patients' cardiac and pulmonary health as if they were standing at their bedside. 
  • Eko helps protect healthcare workers who might otherwise be unexpectedly exposed to COVID-19 by in-person auscultation.
  • Eko enables telehealth providers to listen to lung and heart sounds with confidence and analyze a rhythm strip for potentially life-threatening arrhythmias. 
  • Eko is the only cardiovascular screening platform to provide AI-powered and FDA-cleared identification of common cardiac abnormalities such as AFib, tachycardia, and heart murmurs.  
  • Eko is the only platform that enables telehealth departments to live-stream stethoscope audio and ECGs between patients and providers, whether it be for clinic-to-clinic or clinic-to-home or clinic-to-quarantine site telehealth visits.
  • Eko works right alongside the video conferencing platform, a health system already has in place for video visits.
  • Eko is trusted by telehealth departments across the country, including the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, University of Alabama Medical Center, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Sutter Health, Spectrum Health, University of Rochester Medical Center, UC Davis, and many more.
  • Eko is offering health systems unlimited access to our platform licenses, which includes live streaming and AI decision support, through June 1, 2020.

Summary

Telehealth will be an essential tool in our collective fight to #beatCOVID, but it is only effective if the providers on the receiving end of these visits get the critical information they need to assess their patients' respiratory and cardiac status. With Eko, telehealth providers will be able to listen to heart, lung, carotid, and bowel sounds with confidence, analyze a rhythm strip for potentially life-threatening arrhythmias, and care for their patients cardiac and pulmonary health as if they were standing at their bedside. 

Eko is the only cardiovascular screening platform that enables telehealth departments to live-stream stethoscope audio and ECGs between patients and providers, whether it be for clinic-to-clinic or clinic-to-home telehealth visits. Our platform works right alongside the video conferencing platform a health system already has in place for video visits and is the only to provide AI-powered and FDA-cleared identification of common cardiac abnormalities such as AFib, tachycardia, and heart murmurs. Using Eko, health systems can implement aggressive telehealth strategies in response to COVID-19 without compromising their commitment to providing excellent care to their patients. 

Clinician-to-Clinician Telemedicine with Eko

Eko's telehealth platform can be used to power telehealth visits between two or more hospitals or clinics. Most often, an MA or nurse is present with the patient at one location - a nursing home or community clinic - while a physician is listening from a second location - a regional medical center or virtual care center. In response to COVID-19, clinic to clinic telehealth allows health systems to spread provider resources across the system, reduce physician travel time, and keep patients closer to their homes. As ICUs fill up, clinic to clinic telemedicine can allow understaffed ICUs to get virtual second opinions from providers at different locations.

The Eko stethoscope and live streaming software deliver high-quality audio that powers telemedicine initiatives requiring the highest acuity.

Gerard Frunzi, Telehealth Services Manager at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Using Eko, a nurse at a nursing home can share a stethoscope live stream with a consulting provider so they can listen to the patient's body sounds, assess a patient's rhythm strips, and provide potentially life-saving advice to the nurse based on their exam findings. Eko's platform is designed to sit right alongside the HIPAA-compliant video conferencing software the system uses, whether it be Vidyo, VSee, Zoom, or InTouch. Eko can support organizations with hundreds or thousands of clinical endpoints by setting up a secure enterprise dashboard that enables any telehealth consultant to access live-streams from any approved location within the network. 

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COVID-19 Telemedicine
How Eko Telemedicine helps in COVID-19 response.

Clinician-to-Patient Telemedicine with Eko

In response to COVID-19, health systems are equipping high-risk patients with the tools they need to conduct thorough telemedicine visits from their homes. Clinician-to-patient telemedicine can help reduce a patient's risk of acquiring COVID-19 during an unnecessary visit to a highly-trafficked ER or medical office. For patients with COVID-19 under active home monitoring, it also eases the patient load on hospitals who are struggling to find more patient beds. 

Using Eko, a patient will self-operate the DUO stethoscope from home and stream their body sounds to a listening provider, likely at a virtual care center or hospital. The Eko DUO is a combined digital stethoscope & 1-lead ECG specifically designed for patients of all ages to operate at home, under the remote supervision of a healthcare provider responsible for interpreting the data. The listening provider will be able to hear high-quality heart, lung, carotid, and other body sounds, analyze the patient's single lead rhythm strip, and leverage Eko's AI for automated detection of common abnormalities such as heart murmurs, AFib, and tachycardia. 

COVID-19 has been a wake-up call for providers in all levels of healthcare. To protect patients and providers, health systems must prepare to care for patients at home without sacrificing critical physician tools. In my practice, a stethoscope is the one tool I carry all the time because I need to listen for heart and lung sounds to make rapid and critical triage decisions at the point of care. Eko extends that point of care to anywhere the patient is in a way that protects my patients and me from unnecessary risk and inconvenience, without compromising the quality of sound and ECG data that I need to make the best possible decisions.

Dr. Steve Pham, Emergency Medicine Physician and Head of Medical at Eko

Providers can prescribe the Eko DUO to their patients and either supply a smart device or instruct the patient to use their own smartphone or tablet to operate the compatible Eko Mobile App. Once the Eko Mobile App is installed on the patient's device, a patient will be able to log-in and securely stream data back to their healthcare providers. Eko's platform is designed to work alongside the videoconferencing tool health systems already have in place for patient-to-provider visits. Coupled with a videoconference, the live stream will enable a healthcare provider to perform a thorough respiratory and cardiac examination while keeping the patient at home. 

We’re giving health systems free & unlimited new or additional licenses of our HIPAA-compliant stethoscope live streaming software and cardiac screening AI through June 1, 2020.

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