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Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19


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Wearing a Fitbit.

Researchers are using wearable technologies to try to track the spread of Covid-19.

Credit: cloudfront.net

As part of the effort to track the transference of Covid-19, researchers are applying wearable technologies that monitor fluctuations in biomarkers like heart rate or skin temperature to collect real-time patient data.

NHS England has partnered with U.K. health technology startup Huma to analyze roughly 160 patients recovering from the virus using Huma's remote-monitoring solution—including oximeters to check blood-oxygen saturation levels and smartphone cameras to measure resting heart rate. An application uses this data to build a picture of the patient's health.

In the U.S., Scripps Research's Jennifer Radin is investigating the use of Fitbit data for identifying emerging disease epicenters and enhancing treatment.

Brent Mittelstadt at the U.K.'s Oxford Internet Institute said disease models based on heart rate and sleep levels have a risk of false positives, and this information must be properly contextualized for personalized medicine.

From Financial Times
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