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Telehealth Hits the Road with Yorktel's FeatherMed

February 29, 2016

Telehealth has already gained a lot of notice thanks to its ability to work just about anywhere, but thanks to a recent development from Yorktel, it's gotten even more portable. That development is the Yorktel FeatherMed system, a tool that allows remote medical care to be efficient, secure, convenient, and available from one single package about the size of a standard briefcase.

The FeatherMed system comes in three different versions, depending on the circumstances for which it's needed; the Cardiac Kit, for example, boasts a stethoscope and electrocardiogram as extras. The Clinical Kit Lite comes with a stethoscope as well, but also the JEDMED Horus Scope, which is a hand-held video system specific to telemedicine that uses a slate of different attachments depending on the need. An otoscope lens for ear examinations, a dermascope lens for the skin, and a general lens all come with it. The full Clinical Kit comes with everything in the Lite kit, and also includes a thermometer, a pulse oximeter (pulsox) monitor for measuring oxygen levels in a bloodstream, and a blood pressure kit.

Reports note that the FeatherMed is 50 percent lighter than its competitors, and uses a specific breed of video compression that allows almost 80 percent less bandwidth use than its competitors. While said competitors might require 700 kb video to operate, the FeatherMed can operate on just 90 kb, which actually approaches the best speed provided by dial-up Internet access. It's secure enough to meet Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards, thanks to its ISO 27001 certification, so concerns about security won't apply.

Yorktel's director of healthcare product solutions, James Custer, noted “Home medical care is fast becoming a critical component to serving patients of all ages. FeatherMed answers the need for delivering higher levels of care which are budget friendly, convenient, compliant and eliminate the complexities of telemedicine and video communications. Speed to care can directly impact patient outcomes, so bringing equipment directly to the patient environment can shorten the time to care, particularly in an emergency situation.”

Telemedicine's biggest edge is being able to bring medical skills of all types to just about any location. A system like this might well be regarded as a complete medical office in a box, great for field work, remote locations, or just about anywhere else where doctors can't physically be thanks to certain economic issues, like not having enough patients to support a practice. Many of the common issues can be addressed with this kit, and that's a great start. Throw in some more esoteric medical practices like psychology or the like and it's possible to have complete medical offices just about anywhere.

The idea of a go-most-anywhere, treat-most-anything medical practice is a result devoutly to be wished, and with tools like FeatherMed, we may be one step closer to reaching such a result.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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