Telehealth firm American Well has partnered with startup Tyto Care to expand its current virtual visit service offerings.
American Well's video technology and Tyto Care's digital examination tools will ease examination of patients during a virtual visit, according to a news release.
Tyto Care's products allow clinicians during a virtual visit to examine a patient's ear, nose, throat and temperature. The New York-based company recently received federal approval for its digital stethoscope, which checks a patient's heart and lungs. The patient uses the tools and the data is then shared with the patient's doctor.
The technology allows clinicians to replicate “what happens in a doctor's office,” said Dedi Gilad, CEO of Tyto Care.
The partnership will also allow Tyto Care to access American Well's network of providers. American Well has more than 5,000 providers that use its services. Tyto Care, founded in 2012, has received more than $19 million in funding from investors including Cambia Health Solutions and Walgreens.
“This is a significant step forward for the telemedicine industry and further extends the scope and reach of safe digital healthcare delivery,” said Dr. Roy Schoenberg, CEO of American Well.
More private insurers have begun to pay for telehealth services like the ones offered by American Well and Tyto Care. Experts hope this trend will boost utilization of the technology, which can help keep costs down.