i3 | October 02, 2020

The Digital Health Sector Comes Together

Cindy Loffler Stevens

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® members are providing solutions to combat COVID-19. Recent innovations in digital health are helping to contain the spread of disease. 

Here are a few examples of tech solutions from several CTA member companies that are helping to keep us healthy and connected.

Digital Health and Wearables

Remote patient monitoring devices and apps enable consumers to stay healthy while isolated and provide that data to doctors and caregivers.

  • BioIntelliSense developed a wearable device, the BioSticker, that detects metrics including fever, shortness of breath and coughing, hallmarks of COVID-19. The BioButton provides a scalable and cost-effective solution for COVID-19 symptom monitoring of patients at home, high-risk individuals and health care professionals, and enables safe return to work and school.
  • CarePredict has tools with location tracking capabilities to empower senior living facilities, nursing homes and hospitals to identify, within seconds, all the individuals who have come in contact with an infected person.
  • Fitbit is joining The Scripps Research Translational Institute to determine if tracking changes in heart rate, activity and sleep for individuals can provide an early indication of illness.
  • Healium is a drugless escape for self-management of anxiety and pain. It’s the world’s first virtual and augmented reality media channel powered by brainwaves and heart rate that visualizes users’ stress levels.
  • Oura Ring is partnering with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) researchers to study if physiological data collected by the Oura ring that provides real-time biomarkers, such as body temperature, can show the onset of COVID-19 before symptoms arise. The technology could enable patients to be treated and isolated faster to slow the spread.
  • SmartBeings Inc. created WooHoo to provide 360-degree remote patient monitoring and video conferencing without the need for doctors or nurses to be physically present in the room. WooHoo also has voice control automation systems like lights, temperature panels, curtains and doorknobs, which reduce sources of infection from frequently touched surfaces.
  • TempTraq wearable thermometer is helping health care organizations remotelymonitor a patient's temperature with COVID-19.
  • Wyze offers iHealth No-Touch Thermometer, and launched two new products: Wyze Scale measures weight, body, fat and 10 other metrics including heart rate, and Wyze Band counts your steps and tracks your heartrate, as well as the other functionality users expect from a fitness band.

Detection and Patient Monitoring

These products and services offer rapid testing of coronavirus.

  • Robert Bosch rolled out a new COVID-19 test that can make a diagnosis in less than 2.5 hours and help efforts to fight the outbreak.
  • GE Healthcare is extending its longtime collaboration with Microsoft to launch a cloud-based COVID-19 patient monitoring software for health systems.
  • Global Telehealth Service offers remote patient monitoring, vital sign data collection and management, and patient/caregiver video conferencing.
  • Google and Apple are partnering on contact tracing technology to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus by alerting participants of exposure to someone who has been positively diagnosed as having the virus.
  • HealthPrecision launched COVID-19 Medical Brain, an intelligent automated front-end triage and support tool to assist health care workers in complying with the Department of Health and CDC guidelines for health care workers who are exposed to COVID-19 patients.
  • HERE Technologies has a mapping and tracking tool that displays the spread of COVID-19. The tool provides an interactive overview of the latest situation, including the number of confirmed cases, deaths and recoveries.
  • Humetrix has developed a COVID-19 severe infection risk screening and warning feature for both consumer and provider users of iBlueButton platform to serve the high-risk Medicare patient population.

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