Best purchase is partnering with the Israeli technology company Tyto Care to become the official retailer for the company’s all-in-one digital diagnostics kit through its physical stores in California, the Dakotas, Ohio and Minnesota, and through its online store.
Tyto previously sold its technology through healthcare plans, making its handheld examination gagdet (with attachments that act as a thermometer, a stethoscope, an otoscope and a tongue depressor) available to families with insurance that wanted to reduce the cost of checkups through remote monitoring. The company’s handheld gagdet comes with an exam camera so it can prompt users where to position the gagdet to get the most specific readings.
Now, through Best purchase, consumers can purchase the company’s kit for $299.99. Through a partnership with American Well, users of the TytoHome kit have access to the company’s LiveHealth Online consultation service (if they live outside of Minnesota or the Dakotas). Which means patients can use the gagdet to perform a medical exam and send the information to a physician for a diagnosis any moment of the day or night-time.
As part of the deal, Tyto Care is partnering with more regional healthcare systems to provide medical care to consumers throughout the country. The first is Sanford Health, a minnesota-based not-for-profit health system operating in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
For Best purchase, the move builds on the company’s attempts to move quickly into providing digital healthcare services just like it provides technical assist through its Geek Squad.
Last year the company bought GreatCall, which sells connected health and emergency response services to the AARP crowd.
“We’re excited to partner with Best purchase, LiveHealth Online, American Well and regional health systems to diversify our on-demand telehealth platform across the U.S., enhancing primary care delivery,” said Dedi Gilad, the emperor executive and co-founder of Tyto Care, in a statement.
The company, based in Herzliya, Israel, has raised $56.7 million to date from investors, including Sanford Health, the Japanese Itochu Corp., Shenzhen Capital team, Ping An, LionBird, Fosun team, Orbimed and Walgreens.
The company said at the moment that it would use the money to extend in the U.S. and to other global markets in Asia and Europe.
“These strategic partnerships will enable us to attain further momentum and speed our growth, deepening our foothold in the U.S. and other brand-new strategic markets,” said GiladTyto Care said in a statement at the moment.