Medical apps are a good way of bringing telemedicine services to patients, and one that is already very well developed: Resmonics' ResGuard Med, for example, is software that medical app providers can integrate into an existing app. This can then analyze nocturnal coughing in chronic respiratory diseases as an additional function: "It contains a sound-based AI module that analyzes data recorded with the smartphone’s built-in microphone. The AI-based technology helps patients track the symptom severity and predicts disease progression," says Dr. Peter Tinschert, CEO of Resmonics AG, in an interview with MEDICA-tradefair.com.
ResGuard Med does not offer a telemedicine application by itself, but is used purely locally on the smartphone. At this stage, however, the software can help patients make a decision for or against a visit to the doctor. "The next morning, a "traffic light system" indicates in either green, yellow, or red how often users coughed at night and warns them to take precautions as the result of changes in the coughing pattern," as Tinschert explains.
One app that can replace a visit to the doctor in certain cases is dermanostic. Users of the app can use it to send in pictures of possible skin conditions and receive a diagnosis and prescription from a team of specialists. The app has also benefited from the Corona pandemic, as Dr. Patrick Lang, founder of dermanostic, explains in a video interview with MEDICA-tradefair.com: "Corona has already helped us because patients see that digitalization is necessary and they now have taken the required step to simply try it out. I see the potential of telemedicine as an opportunity to reach very many people, who do not have access to a dermatology specialist."