Smartphones are no longer just communication tools, they have evolved into pocket computers with vast capabilities. While they have been used for years to measure steps and heart rates, they now have the potential to become much more. Thanks to certain accessories, smartphones can be transformed into devices capable of performing medical tasks such as electrocardiograms, ultrasounds, and even complete medical check-ups.
One of the latest inventions in this field comes from Spain, where a company has developed an electronic stethoscope that can connect wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet. This electronic stethoscope, called eKuorePro, allows healthcare professionals to save auscultations in a patient’s history or share them for a second opinion. It also has interchangeable instruments for pediatric and adult auscultations.
The eKuore Pro has bells made of stainless steel with anti-cold treatment and is interchangeable using a screw system. It comes in three models for standard, pediatric, and neonatal use, and has five volume levels to improve the quality of auscultation. The device also features a lithium battery with almost a month of autonomy in a normal consultation setting.
For professionals with hearing loss, the company offers a custom model called the amplified eKuore Pro. This innovation in the healthcare sector demonstrates the potential for smartphones to be used as medical devices, making the study and analysis of patient data much faster and easier.
As smartphones continue to evolve, their capabilities in various sectors such as healthcare are expanding. This development opens up new possibilities for the use of smartphones beyond just communication and entertainment, showing the potential for these pocket computers to become essential tools in various fields, including medicine.