The AusculBand: an electronic stethoscope designed for patients to be able to receive sound advice during Telemedical consultations.
While telemedicine has existed nearly as long as the internet, improved technology and the COVID-19 pandemic have catalyzed its growth. Telemedicine offers numerous advantages to patients and physicians over traditional in-person visits including convenience, accessibility, and cost-savings. However, telehealth visits are currently limited to discussing patient history and visually inspecting patients. The ability to auscultate patients during telehealth visits would assist physicians in diagnosing a variety of diseases including COVID-19. Therefore, we propose a cost effective auscultation device that would allow physicians to perform a more complete virtual physical exam in addition to reaching low-income communities and advancing the goals of a value based healthcare system.