Enterprise telehealth platform company Caregility and Eko have signed an agreement to combine Caregility’s cloud platform with Eko’s smart stethoscopes and software.

The partnership will enable the users of Caregility’s iConsult application to perform advanced auscultation (heart, lung, and other body sounds) on patients during a virtual physical exam.

As part of the agreement, Caregility Cloud will be integrated with Eko Connect, a collection of telehealth APIs from Eko.

The Caregility telehealth system now offers real-time PCG and ECG waveform visualisation together with live streaming stethoscope sounds in a user-friendly interface.

The integration is compatible with Eko’s complete range of smart stethoscopes including the CORE Digital Stethoscope Attachment, 3M Littmann CORE Digital Stethoscope, and DUO ECG + Digital Stethoscope.

According to the firm, care teams can now quickly work together during an iConsult virtual care session to conduct a thorough stethoscope examination on a patient.

With one click, users can wirelessly link an Eko stethoscope to a Caregility APS telehealth device or tablet.

The care team can concentrate on conducting a high-quality virtual visit due to the simplified workflow, which removes unnecessary workflow complications and lets them stay inside Caregility’s iConsult application.

Caregility Business Development chief strategy officer and SVP Peter McLain said: “Our partnership addresses a key component missing from most virtual exams – auscultation.

“The ability for care teams to easily and accurately assess a patient’s body sounds in real-time will have a meaningful impact on our hybrid care delivery models, including telenursing, telerounding, tele-ICU, and at-home care.

“Eko’s unparalleled digital stethoscope sound quality and waveform visualization software will build clinician confidence, reduce workflow friction, and ultimately improve patient outcomes.”