Have you ever wondered what would happen if you need medical help but cant get it?
If you had been there at the time when we were told that the doctor didnt have time to make a home visit to our chronically ill grandmother, you would have felt our worry and panic at that moment. Ben, the doctor from both of us, lived hundreds of miles away and would have loved to help immediately over the phone. But the reality was: in order to for him to be able to help, he would have had to listen to her heart and lung sounds. But there was no way for him to do this over the phone.
We had to carry our chronically ill grandmother down the frozen stairs in the middle of winter and wait for hours in the emergency room. When the doctor finally came, he attended to us for two minutes, during which he used the stethoscope to check whether hospitalization was necessary. In Germany, you often have to wait many days or even weeks for a doctors appointment, not to mention persuading the doctor to make house visits!
What if there was a way to ensure that everyone had access to medical care at any time and from any place? Ben kept repeating, “If only I could use my stethoscope … if only I could measure their oxygen saturation …” At some point, we realized that with the combination of a doctor, video calls AND medical equipment, we could almost double the number of consultations we could provide remotely. If we had realized this earlier, our family would have been spared a lot of suffering. Thats why we are now on a mission to help everyone get quality remote medical care for themselves and their families.