Go to any hospital or urgent care center, and draped around the neck of every doctor will be a stethoscope. These devices, used by physicians to listen to the heart and the lungs, were first invented 200 years ago by Frenchman Rene Laennec, and the fundamentals of them haven’t really changed all that much ever since. They’re stuck in the analog ages.
Tried-and-tested tech, certainly. But there’s a lot of room for improvement, thinks Jason Bellet, founder and COO of Eko Devices. There’s no high-tech guiding hand to help clinicians diagnose patients.