Rochester Regional Health is improving its video visit options for patients with the use of TytoCare home devices, which can be used to check ears, heart, lungs, and more in the comfort of their own homes.
The device connects to the internet and allows doctors to see and hear while patients use the different accessories. Video visits have become a popular option for patients since the pandemic as a way to get quick physicals without having to come into the office.
The TytoCare home devices provide more flexibility and better care for patients than video visits alone, according to Dr. Eric Wilcox of RIT Family Medicine.
However, he stressed that these devices do not replace in-person physicals during a recent conversation with RochesterFirst.com.
The cost of the device will not be a barrier to receiving care from Rochester Regional Health. The technology has the potential to improve remote health care, but it must be used correctly to avoid damaging the patient-doctor relationship.
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