RNK Releases FDA Class II Cleared Telemedicine Stethoscope Software

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RNK is pleased to announce the release of a simplified version of its FDA approved sSOIP telemedicine stethoscope software. This new software version is called PCP-SSP and works with RNK’s flagship PCP-USB stethoscope.

RNK is pleased to announce the release of a simplified version of its FDA approved sSOIP telemedicine stethoscope software. This new software version is called PCP-SSP and works with RNK’s flagship PCP-USB stethoscope.

Key PCP-SSP features:

  • Enables the stethoscope signal to be sent over the audio channel of a video conferencing connection. No separate network connection needed.
  • Can automatically mute the room audio when stethoscope sounds are being sent.
  • Provides filtering options for the clinicians to focus on heart sounds and lung sounds separately.
  • Provides a local monitor capability so that the clinician with the patient can hear the same stethoscope sounds as the remote clinician.

Remote auscultation involves two software elements on the PC: 1) stethoscope signal processing and 2) network transport. PCP-SSP lets the video conferencing equipment handle the network connectivity as an MDDS, while it handles the stethoscope signal processing as an FDA cleared medical device. By performing the stethoscope signal processing functions and satisfying FDA requirements, PCP-USB relieves the video conferencing system of both technical and regulatory responsibilities.

All electronic stethoscopes are not approved for telemedicine. For example, an electronic stethoscope with an analog connection to the Microphone port of the telemedicine system PC requires that the PC perform the analog-to-digital conversion (ADC) and digital encoding. By doing that such a telemedicine system has inadvertently become subject to FDA regulations for a Class II medical device.

“We are very pleased to be able to respond to customer demand for a straight forward telemedicine stethoscope package that works with any Windows PC based video conferencing system and meets key clinical user needs while maintaining FDA compliance” says Rich Abbruscato, CEO of RNK.

About RNK Products, Inc.
Founded in 2003, RNK Products, Inc. specializes in electronic and telephonic stethoscopes, under both its own label Telehealth Technologies, and under private labels used by its Value-Added Resellers. RNK offers a range of stethoscopes to fit any institutional or home telemedicine program.
http://www.rnkproducts.com

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