Ochsner Health System Partners with Tyto Care to Expand Telehealth Offerings

NEW ORLEANS, LA – April 15, 2019 – Today, Ochsner Health System – a nationally-recognized healthcare system based in Louisiana – announced a new partnership with Tyto Care – the healthcare industry’s first all-in-one modular device and telehealth solution for on-demand, remote medical exams. This partnership expands Ochsner’s current telehealth offering, a consumer-facing virtual visit platform called Ochsner Anywhere Care, which is powered by national telehealth leader American Well®. Additionally, it marks the first time in the United States a healthcare system offers a telehealth solution with American Well, featuring a portable remote examination tool by Tyto Care.

“Ochsner continues to lead the healthcare industry by offering accessible and innovative telemedicine offerings to our patients across the Gulf Coast and beyond. By teaming up with Tyto Care and American Well to further expand our virtual visit offerings, we are improving accessibility to medical care and literally putting health in the hands of consumers,” said Dr. David Houghton, Medical Director, Ochsner CareConnect 360.  

The Ochsner Anywhere Care Health Kit, powered by Tyto Care, is a portable health kit that enables patients to capture physical examination data at home using a handheld device with a digital camera and various attachments and then share it with a provider using the Ochsner Anywhere Care app. It’s designed to replicate the exams performed during an in-office visit by providing high-quality digital sounds of the heart and lungs, digital images and video of the ears, throat and skin, and body temperature.

“We are excited to be partnering with Ochsner, who shares our vision of enhancing community health and wellness,” said Dedi Gilad, CEO and co-founder of Tyto Care. “By infusing Tyto Care’s consumer friendly technology into Ochsner’s virtual visit platform, we are empowering patients to seek high-quality care and treatment from the comfort of their homes.”

How It Works

The Ochsner Anywhere Care Health Kit complements an Ochsner Anywhere Care virtual visit. The health kit includes a Tyto Care handheld device with a touch screen designed to guide the user step-by-step through the examination process. Special attachments are included for examining the ears and throat, taking body temperature, and listening to heart and lung sounds. Following completion of the physical exam, which on average takes a matter of minutes, the patient logs onto the Ochsner Anywhere Care app to start a virtual visit and share the information gathered with a provider.

During the virtual visit, providers and patients communicate through video, and providers can diagnose illnesses, prescribe medications as needed, and suggest follow-up care. Ochsner Anywhere Care is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for $54 per visit for urgent care needs.

Ochsner Anywhere Care users can instantly connect with providers through a secure, interactive video via their smartphone, tablet, or personal computer from home, work, or on the go. It’s an integrated and streamlined experience delivered through a free Ochsner Anywhere Care mobile app on iOS or Android, or online through a computer www.ochsner.org/anywherecare.

The Ochsner Anywhere Health Kit is not required for an Ochsner Anywhere Care visit, but it does provide tools to capture and share exam data, which can prove to be helpful for a provider making a diagnosis and treatment recommendation. The Ochsner Anywhere Health Kit, powered by Tyto Care, retails for $299 with $10 flat shipping if ordered online at www.ochsner.org/healthkit. It is also available for purchase at Ochsner pharmacy locationsO Bar retail stores, Ochsner Fitness Centers and Ochsner Total Health Solutions. Some insurance providers may provide a discount or partial reimbursement; it is recommended that consumers contact their insurance provider for more information.

For more information about Ochsner Anywhere Care visit www.ochsner.org/services/anywhere-care

About Ochsner Health System

Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner’s 40 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and specialty hospitals, and more than 100 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across three specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 70 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs nearly 25,000 employees and over 4,500 employed and affiliated physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts more than 700 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Tyto Care

Tyto Care is transforming primary care by putting health in the hands of consumers. The company seamlessly connects people to clinicians to provide the best virtual home examination and diagnosis solutions. 

Tyto Care’s solutions are designed to enable a comprehensive medical exam from any location and include a hand-held, all-in-one tool for examining the heart, lungs, skin, ears, throat, abdomen, and body temperature; a complete telehealth platform for sharing exam data, conducting live video exams, and scheduling visits; a cloud-based data repository with analytics; and built-in guidance technology and machine learning algorithms to ensure accuracy and ease of use for patients using the device at home. The platform also allows for simple integration with electronic health records systems, third party exam tools, and other telehealth platforms. To watch a demo video, click here.

For more information please visit www.tytocare.com.

About American Well

American Well is a leading telehealth platform in the United States and globally, connecting and enabling providers, insurers, patients, and innovators to deliver greater access to more affordable, higher quality care. American Well believes that digital care delivery will transform healthcare. The Company offers a single, comprehensive platform to support all telehealth needs from urgent to acute and post-acute care, as well as chronic care management and healthy living. With over a decade of experience, American Well powers telehealth solutions for over 150 health systems comprised of 2,000 hospitals and 55 health plan partners with over 7,000 employers, covering over 150 million lives. For more information, please visit AmericanWell.com.

American Well, Amwell, Virtual First and The Exchange are registered trademarks or trademark of American Well Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.

SOURCE: American Well