Health IT, Telemedicine

TytoCare joins Epic App Orchard to expand reach of its telehealth service

Through the integration, patients can launch TytoCare telehealth visits from Epic’s MyChart app. Following the visit, clinical exam data is delivered to the Epic EHR.

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Digital health startup TytoCare has joined the Epic App Orchard, a marketplace where providers can browse apps made by third-party software developers, according to a news release.

Through the integration, healthcare organizations using Epic can offer TytoCare’s telehealth service to their patients and providers.

In responses sent via email, TytoCare vice president of product and implementation Ophir Lotan said Epic customers must first request access to the TytoCare App Orchard app and customize their telehealth workflow to include TytoCare.

“Once this is done, patients will be able to initiate TytoCare telehealth visits from within MyChart and care providers can launch the Tyto Clinician Dashboard from Epic’s HyperSpace desktop application to initiate the telehealth exam and visit,” he said.

For instance, patients using the Epic MyChart tool can initiate a live or scheduled TytoCare telehealth visit, which will be launched from MyChart directly into the Tyto app.

Healthcare providers can launch the Tyto Clinician App from Epic’s HyperSpace desktop application to remotely join the telehealth visit. During the visit, the provider can control the TytoCare device to examine the patient and capture temperature readings, skin images and recordings of the throat and ears. When the visit wraps up, all the exam data is transferred to Epic’s EHR.

“We strive to make both patients and healthcare providers’ access to telehealth
services simpler and EHR integrations are an important component in this effort,” said Lotan.

He added that his company “is actively working with customers on various EHR integration capabilities.”

Other offerings in the Epic App Orchard include apps from Teladoc, Zocdoc, Healthgrades, Apple, GE Healthcare and AccessOne, a patient financing company that joined the App Orchard earlier this month.

TytoCare, which has offices in New York City and Netanya, Israel, offers a handheld exam kit and app.

In April, the company signed its first major retail partnership with Best Buy. Through it, the startup’s TytoHome product will be offered online through and in brick-and-mortar stores in Minnesota. At the time of the announcement, TytoCare said availability is coming soon to Best Buy stores in California, North Dakota, South Dakota and Ohio.

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