Thinklabs offers solutions to problems that have long challenged the teaching and clinical use of auscultation. Quite simply, we are bringing the stethoscope into the 21st Century.
At Thinklabs, we believe that the stethoscope is an "extension of the clinician". The stethoscope is only as good as the skill level of the professional using it. We thus see the problem as a "system" problem and it is incumbent on us to develop not only a superb stethoscope, but the tools to ensure that the stethoscope is used to its full potential. We call this the Systems Solution.
Thinklabs Stethoscope System Solutions transforms the power of the stethoscope, using powerful software and devices you already own - iPod (2nd generation), Notebook computer - to provide a gateway to completely new auscultation capability.
Thinklabs Systems Thinking - the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. Wherever you see this symbol, it means you can innovate in your practice, your hospital, your medical school.
Systems Solutions in Action
Software and Internet Connectivity - Record sounds on your iPhone, Touch (2nd generation), PC or Mac Notebook computer, Upload sounds from recorders or email from iPhone or Touch, and then display Waveforms, Spectrograms, edit and manage sounds files. Upload and download sounds files, email patient sounds, build patient sound libraries and more.
iPhone/Touch Recording and Playback - Record sounds to your iPhone or iPod Touch (2nd generation), Sony Digital Recorder, Notebook or Macbook. Email sounds directly using iPhone/Touch or notebook platforms.
2nd Listener External Headphones - Plug external headphones into your stethoscope for a second listener. Valuable for teaching, mentoring, and second opinions. The second headphones can be regular headphones, or a second Thinklabs Stethoscope.
Thinklabs Systems Philosophy
Auscultation has always been difficult to teach, challenging to learn, and clinically limited by the fact that sounds had to be described in words rather than recorded.
Imagine a world in which X rays were viewed on a screen while the patient is present, but never recorded on film or disk? The clinician would be limited to describing findings in a written document - no second opinion, no close examination by a specialist, no visual record for follow-up comparison. So it is with stethoscope sound. There for the patient exam, and gone when the patient leaves.