This doesn’t mean your doctor is going to start wearing those annoying Bluetooth earpieces during check-ups, does it?
3M today announced that it’s “taking the stethoscope into the 21st century,” unveiling a next-generation stethoscope that uses Bluetooth technology to wirelessly transmit lung, heart and body sounds to a software program for analysis.
“The introduction of the Littmann Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200 signals a new age in stethoscope technology that will help enhance clinicians’ natural abilities, and enable healthcare providers to confirm diagnoses and more easily gather a second opinion from colleagues,” Warren Wasescha, new products marketing manager for 3M Health Care, said in the company’s statement.
The stethoscope’s software allows physicians to save records and send them electronically to colleagues for second opinions. 3M says the device will help diagnose heart murmurs and reduce unnecessary referrals.