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Polish scientists have developed a prototype of a stethoscope connected to a thermometer, which will allow the patient to self-test, then sent to the doctor. This is a great solution for those who find it difficult to see a doctor.
Integrated with the thermometer and mobile application, the electronic stethoscope will allow patients to independently carry out auscultation of the lungs and heart. The device called StethoMe was developed by scientists from the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań, Dr. Honorata Hafke-Dys and Dr. Jędrzej Kociński.
With its help, the patient can carry out auscultation tests and send the results - thanks to the mobile application - to the attending physician. Thanks to artificial intelligence algorithms, the device is more effective and sensitive than a traditional stethoscope. It can be used in patients who are often and chronically ill, as well as in elderly people who have a problem to reach a doctor quickly.
It is also expected to revolutionize lung measurement in children with asthma, as there is no device on the market that can monitor the condition of the lungs in a similar way. StethoMe is at the prototype stage, additional research in medical centers and certification processes are underway, and further algorithms for the interpretation of heart test results are also being developed.