Dr. Blaine Warkentine MD, a partner at a startup firm RidRx, is telling us that the firm is now selling directly to consumers its patent pending iStetho Adapter that can convert an iPhone/iPod touch and an old stethoscope into an electronic one. Also, the adapter is designed to work in tandem with the powerful iStethoscope Pro software that does many tricks with auscultation sounds, such as displaying sound spectrograms, replaying and emailing recordings, etc.
More about the adapter:
Convert with a scissors your old stethoscope into a digital one that you can use to store audio files of patients and email if needed. Our application amplifies the signal and eliminates audio outside of what is important for diagnosis. Our adapter simply offers a quick release sound proof channel for analog audio to be converted by your mobile devices microphone. Simple and sweet.
Video demonstration of iStethoscope Pro software:
(A disclaimer from Medgadget: US FDA and other regulatory agencies are far behind the times that we live in, so they have no current policies to deal with the proliferation of mobile computing devices and their potential uses in medicine. Hence, none of the iPhone applications and attachments are classified as medical devices, so they are sold for non medical uses only.)
Product page: iStetho Adapter… ($29.99)
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