Researchers just developed a fresh wearable device that can monitor a person’s coronavirus symptoms, possibly alerting health authorities of fresh cases before patients even test positive. This little, soft patch just has to be near an individual’s throat to easily track an individual’s cough, breathing patterns, heart rate, and body temperature, and so on.
According to Digital Trends, the device transmits the data to what the developers say is a “HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act )-protected cloud” for tracking purposes. According to researchers, the device will help with the detection of coronavirus symptoms from home, and patients can be identified before they are even rushed to the clinic.
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Arun Jayaraman, the research scientist at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab who was in charge of the algorithm development had this to say, “These sensors have the potential to unlock information that will protect frontline medical workers and patients alike — informing interventions in a timely manner to reduce the risk of transmission and increase the likelihood of better outcomes.”
“Physicians can potentially review the patients’ data for hours, days, or weeks immediately, through a customized graphical user interface to a cloud data management system that is being set up for this purpose, to see an overall image of how the patient is doing.”
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