Earlier this year, M3DICINE, a Brisbane, Australia, firm launched an artificially intelligent (AI) enabled electronic stethoscope system called Stethee. The device can be used like a traditional stethoscope to auscultate patients, but to also amplify, filter, and record sounds, as well as to analyze the sounds with an accompanying smartphone app. It comes in three varieties, specifically indicated for clinical use, veterinary applications, and for medical education and research use.

The technology platform behind the Stethee AI engine, named “Aida,” can analyze heart and lung sounds to build a unique personal biometric signature. Aida also automatically tags geo-location and environmental data to each sample in real-time. Stethee captures a wealth of rich clinical information in only 20 seconds. The sound and data from the device streams to any Bluetooth enabled device or wired headphones. Aida analyzes the signal to identify heart sounds and respiratory activity, as well as any patterns that might indicate a disease condition. The data is represented in real time in the Stethee App for easy understanding of vital signs, and can be easily shared with peers, caregivers or specialists anywhere in the world.

“This most iconic and enduring symbol of healthcare is now reinvented, into an intelligent and sophisticated medical device – a powerful diagnostic assistant that becomes more intelligent the more it is used,” said Nayyar Hussain, M.D., founder and CEO of M3DICINE. “The complementary Stethee Apps bring the power of machine learning and deep neural networks to health professionals worldwide who can use this data not only to monitor the progress and health of individual patients, but collectively to uncover new patterns and trends to help in the fight against heart and lung disease globally.”

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“The Stethee system has the potential to transform healthcare,” said Professor John Sperling, M.D., Vice-Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery MAYO Clinic said, “We are on the forefront of a new era in healthcare driven by artificial intelligence and its ability to significantly improve our ability to care for patients. This innovative technology can significantly help drive efficiency and productivity and empower healthcare providers worldwide by providing real time data and clinical interpretation.”

Source: M3DICINE Inc