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Bengaluru, NFAPost: As the world of healthcare and its dependence on auscultation continues to evolve, digital technology is being introduced to meet the advancing demands of the industry. To meet these changing needs, 3M Littmann Stethoscopes and Eko are announced a new collaboration that will marry best-in-class 3M Littmann stethoscope technology with advanced Eko digital innovations.

The new 3M Littmann CORE Digital Stethoscope offers clinicians access to both analog and digital auscultation options and connects to Eko’s software and AI algorithms to help clinicians better interpret sounds and detect heart murmurs. Benefits to clinicians include:

Helps increase confidence in auscultation assessments

Amplification2 and active noise cancellation

Visualization of sound data during auscultation

Access to Eko’s AI and clinical decision support, helping providers to screen for heart murmurs during routine physical exams

Access to Eko’s telemedicine software, making these benefits available for both in-person and remote patient care

3M Medical Devices Senior Director Kristi Barnett said 3M Littmann Stethoscopes embarks upon a new era in its long history as a pioneer in auscultation innovation and quality by introducing most advanced stethoscope yet.

“The new 3M Littmann CORE Digital Stethoscope combines the superior acoustics of the Littmann Cardiology IV Stethoscope with Eko’s digital technology and software to aid and enhance a clinician’s auscultation assessments,” said Kristi Barnett.

The collaboration between 3M Littmann Stethoscopes and Eko brings together two innovative companies that are focused on delivering comprehensive health care solutions that drive better patient outcomes.

In January of this year, Eko received FDA clearance for an algorithm that can detect the presence of suspected heart murmurs. The 3M Littmann CORE Digital Stethoscope can connect to Eko software, including its heart murmur AI1 and its telemedicine software, enabling enhanced in-person or remote patient care.

Speaking on the launch, 3M India Country Business Leader – Health Care Business Rajiv Gupta said 3M Littmann Stethoscopes is a pioneer in auscultation innovation and quality, and now the company is introducing its most advanced stethoscope in India.

“The new 3M Littmann CORE Digital Stethoscope meets the clinician’s auscultation needs by combining the superior acoustics of the Littmann Cardiology IV Stethoscope with Eko’s digital technology. With the intensifying Covid situation in India, and the highly challenging need to assess and monitor Covid patients, the new Littmann CORE Digital Stethoscope makes it possible to listen and diagnose patients remotely,” said Rajiv Gupta.

He said it allows allows easy sharing of data or live streaming to a remote provider during a telemedicine consultation. “This can be leveraged as a means to protect healthcare professionals, whilst providing the highest standards of care,” said Rajiv Gupta.

Eko co-founder and CEO Connor Landgraf said for clinicians, listening is a gateway to making critical diagnoses. “Being able to confidently assess heart and lung sounds helps ensure the best cardiac and pulmonary care possible,” said Connor Landgraf.

Connor Landgraf also said partnering with 3M Littmann Stethoscopes allows Eko to incorporate the power of its digital and machine learning technology alongside the stethoscope trusted by millions of clinicians worldwide, which can help impact patient outcomes and quality of care.

“Combining the 3M Littmann CORE Digital Stethoscope with the Eko platform of software and AI helps clinicians elevate cardiopulmonary care to a whole new level,” said Connor Landgraf.

3M Littmann Stethoscopes is a global leader in auscultation technology – providing innovative solutions to improve patient care. Littmann stethoscopes are trusted worldwide for precision, acoustic excellence, reliable design and exceptional performance, helping clinicians detect difficult-to-hear body sounds and improve patient outcomes.

3M India Limited, an Indian Subsidiary of US based 3M Company, was established in 1988 and has its headquarters in Bengaluru with branch offices at Mumbai, Gurgaon, Pune, Kolkata and Chennai. 3M leverages its global innovation expertise to develop homegrown solutions that addresses unique needs of diverse customers in India.

3M has invested in Innovation centers at Bengaluru and Gurgaon to boost local product development. Its manufacturing footprint is spread across Bengaluru, Pune and Ahmedabad. From products that improve manufacturing efficiency and impact improved healthcare delivery to safety solutions that help increase road visibility, everyday kitchen aids and car care products, today, 3M science is improving the lives of millions of Indians.

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