Introducing Seymour: Get Fast Answers to Your Kids’ Health Concerns

We are very excited to announce our recent launch of our new mobile app Seymour (See-More) available nationwide.  We are expanding beyond ear care to offer families a smarter way to care for their kids’ health concerns.

The Seymour app gives parents quick answers from a trusted pediatrician about their kids’ health.  Whether a parent spots an unfamiliar rash on their child or is questioning whether to take him into the doctor, Seymour gives parents 24/7 access to a trusted pediatrician to help determine next steps.

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Seymour (See-More) is your trusted friend for managing your family’s health concerns.

“Our goal at CellScope is to give parents the tools they need to make informed decisions about their kids’ health from anywhere,” said Amy Sheng, Co-Founder of CellScope.  “When it comes to questions about common health conditions like skin rashes, bug bites and allergies, parents are often left in the dark not knowing whether to take their kid into the doctor, head to urgent care or watch and wait.  Rather than frantically search Google or WebMD for an answer, parents can turn to Seymour for peace of mind. “

Seymour wants to eliminate as much frustration and worry around helping parents get the answers they need for peace of mind.  This means making it easy to capture photos of health conditions that can be used by Seymour’s doctors to evaluate a health concern.  Seymour’s smart software features and phone attachments (including the Oto) guides parents each step of the way on how to take high quality skin and ear images from home.  And for just $10, parents can share the images with Seymour’s network of board-certified pediatricians for a personal assessment and treatment plan in under two hours* (First doctor opinion is free.)

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*You will not be able to receive a formal diagnosis or prescription.

A Trusted Doctor Friend On-Call: The Oto is Now Available in Every State!

Our mission at CellScope from the start has been to give families the tools they need to more conveniently manage their family’s health from anywhere.   We began by building the Oto, a device designed to reduce stress and worry around the most common cause of pediatric visits, the pesky ear infection.  The Oto is an iPhone otoscope (the device your doc uses to peek inside your child’s ear) that enables you to take a video of your child’s ears when you suspect an infection and share it with a doctor for review.

Last January, we launched the Oto in California along with a remote care service that allowed parents to receive a diagnosis and treatment plan within 2 hours from our network of board-certified pediatricians.  Since our launch we have engaged with CellScope families to understand what matters most to them when it comes to their kids’ health.

As a parent, worrying is a full time job.  When your child is in pain and you don’t know what is wrong it can be overwhelming. You want answers quickly and Google can only get you so far, and often makes things seem worse. You are left deciding whether to miss work and schlep your child to a germ-filled doctor’s office or wait and see if he gets better.

We want to make it easy and affordable for you to get the answers you need. We are excited to announce that Oto is now available nationwide along with our medical opinion service to give you peace of mind for your family’s ear health concerns.  Share a video with one of our board-certified pediatricians and get a personalized review to help you determine the proper next steps to take.*   Think of it like having a trusted doctor friend on call 24 hours a day.  

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*You will not be able to receive a formal diagnosis or prescription.

The Importance of Watchful Waiting for Ear Infections

No parent likes it when their child is sick but with back to school and flu season approaching, it is inevitable. As parents our inclination is to do whatever we can to make our children feel better as fast as possible. However, with ear infections the best approach is often watchful waiting and not prescribing antibiotics immediately.

According to Harvard Medical School: Acute ear infections are the most common infection for which antibiotics are prescribed to children. However, roughly 80 percent of children with acute ear infections get better without antibiotic treatment.

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Introducing CellScope DIRECT – New Remote Care Program

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Our vision at CellScope is to improve the doctor-patient relationship by increasing patient engagement, helping doctors provide the highest quality care to their patients and offering families radical convenience.

We are excited to announce the nationwide launch our new virtual care platform to bring families and doctors one step closer to this vision. Our CellScope DIRECT platform enables doctors to provide families with remote care for common conditions that usually require an in office visit.

What sets CellScope DIRECT apart from other remote care platforms is that we have built smart mobile tools to enable patients to capture and share diagnostic quality images of their sick kiddos. Our first tool, Oto for Families, enables parents to take images of their child’s eardrum at home and receive a diagnosis or treatment follow-up.

CellScope DIRECT aims to save patients and physicians time, enable high quality care and reduce over prescription of antibiotics through remote care.  We currently have practices using our platform in over 9 states across pediatrics, family medicine and otolaryngology (ENT).

Read a Q&A with one of the first doctors on CellScope DIRECT, Dr. Chad Rudnick, about how he is leading the new wave of pediatrics at his practice, Boca VIPediatrics.

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Don’t Get Stuck With Sick Kiddos on Your Summer Vacation

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After weeks of planning, scheduling time off work, planning around your kids’ endless activities and locking down on an affordable (hopefully!) travel deal, summer vacation with your family is a much anticipated affair. Yet, we all know airplanes, cruise ships and hotel rooms are petri dishes for germs – just like daycare, the school bus or the local shopping mall. There is nothing that can ruin the excitement of summer vacation more quickly than having your kids get sick and struggling to figure out what’s wrong with them or worrying about finding treatment far from home.

Vacations are supposed to be an escape from everyday worries and a time for fun.  With the Oto we hope to help keep vacations that way.

Consult a doctor even when miles away from home – A doctor’s opinion is never more than two hours away!  If your child begins to complain or show signs of ear pain, simply take out your Oto from your travel bag.  Take an ear video and send it to one of our certified doctors for an immediate answer.

Get peace of mind when traveling with a sick child – Even if your child has been diagnosed with an ear infection prior to your flight and your pediatrician has prescribed ‘watchful watching,’ a stress-free vacation is still achievable.   Whether you are on the beach, at Disneyland or camping in the wilderness, simply take an video of your kid’s ear each day and send to one of our doctors or your own pediatrician for follow-up.*

Get advice on whether to reschedule your flight – If your child develops an infection within hours of your scheduled trip, consider postponing your flight. Ear infections usually subside within a day or two, and sparing your child unnecessary ear pain may be well worth the delay. Cabin pressure can be particularly uncomfortable at the onset of an ear infection when the eardrum is most sensitive.  Send an ear exam with the Oto to one of our doctors and they will help you determine whether you should reschedule the flight or not.

Don’t already have an Oto?  Order your Oto today.

*Sending an ear exam to our doctors with the Oto requires wi-fi or access to a data plan.

This blog post is not intended to provide medical advice.  

A Special Deal for ‘Parenthoods’ App Community Members!

We are excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Parenthoods, a new app with a great community of local San Francisco parents to give back and show our appreciation.

Parenthoods just launched a new discount section that offers curated deals from local businesses that are great for moms, dads and their kids. Together we’ve teamed up on a special offer, just for parents in San Francisco. Hooders’ will receive 25% off their Oto HOME and their first doctor consultation for free.

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So download the app to join the Parenthoods community with us!

CellScope’s Key Scientific Advisor, Prof. Dan Fletcher, Builds Mobile Device for Detecting Parasites in Africa

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Last week you may have read about the CellScope Loa and been amazed to learn about how a smartphone is being used to detect parasites from only a drop of blood.

The CellScope Loa was developed in the bioengineering lab of our company’s key scientific advisor, Professor Dan Fletcher at UC Berkeley. The technology uses a smartphone microscopy system to detect the movement of parasitic worms and provide critical information to help treat debilitating diseases in Africa and beyond.

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