US News Israel: innovation in telemedicine galvanized by the health crisis

13:12  01 march  2021
13:12  01 march  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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La crise du Covid-19 et les restrictions sanitaires ont accéléré l'innovation technologique dans la télémédecine. © AP - Mark Lennihan The Covid-19 crisis and health restrictions have accelerated technological innovation in telemedicine.

Israel is amplifying the development of its remote consultation technologies. A dynamic maintained by the same actors of the vaccination campaign.

From our correspondent in Jerusalem,

Once again, it is the Kupot Holim who are leading the way: the Israeli health insurance funds. There are four of them and two of them came directly from the early socialist system of the State of Israel. Until recently, they were directly dependent on the Histadrut, the large Israeli trade union center. A third is from a sports club, the Maccabi.

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It was the coronavirus crisis that gave a boost. In these difficult times when everything is done remotely via the Internet, telemedicine is now essential. The idea is simple: consult remotely by going as little as possible to dispensaries that are nevertheless omnipresent in Israel, and which are often even one of the favorite outings, especially for seniors.


Problem: How to make this idea practical and achievable? This is the slightly more complicated part of this project. Because it is not just about teleconsultation - talking with your doctor - but also for those insured to be able to self-examine.

TytoCare, an Israeli high-tech company, has developed a TytoHome telemedicine device, now subsidized by health insurance funds in the country. It allows consultants to easily perform a variety of examinations themselves: audio recordings of the heart, lungs and abdominal region.

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The insured can also transmit digital images and videos of the eardrum, throat and skin, as well as numerous additional data such as heart rate. All this without leaving home.

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Virtual emergency room

Health insurance funds are now working on another project: Notal Vision, which should make it possible to detect problems of vision. Also in the pipes is a mini-defibrillator in the event of a cardiac arrest of one of the family members.

There is already a virtual emergency room system. In the event of a problem, an emergency physician can give remote and video instructions while receiving parameters from the sufferer and even activate responses.

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