New tool uses wearable sensor to detect COVID-19
AI firm NeuTigers has launched a screening tool they say is almost twice as effective as temperature checks in predicting COVID-19. CovidDeep is a wearable device and app that can detect Covid-19 via a sensor.
NeuTigers, an artificial intelligence company that spun out of Princeton University, say the solution is over 90 per cent accurate in predicting whether a person has the virus or not - twice as effective as current triage tools, such as temperature checks and questionnaires.
COVID-19 affects people’s biometrics and physiological markers in both obvious and nearly imperceptible ways, and CovidDeep uses advanced algorithms to detect changes in physiological patterns even before they are felt by the patient.
The screening tool collects data from several sources: a physiological sensor data via a wristband, blood pressure and blood oxygen levels via any off-the-shelf, standalone monitors, and personal health symptoms gathered from a questionnaire.
In clinical trials researchers identified patterns in the sensor's physiological readings in terms of skin temperature, blood pressure, and blood oxygen saturation levels (SpO2) that are consistent with how COVID-19 impacts the body. CovidDeep can recognise the "digital signature" of the virus and quickly identify if a person is COVID positive, even if they do not have symptoms.
Trials were carried out first at San Matteo Hospital in Pavia, Italy, during the acute phase of the pandemic in April 2020, followed by additional field studies in hospitals in France and the United States.
The tool is already in use in B2B settings including nursing homes and assisted living facilities in America and Europe. NeuTigers are currently adapting it to work with connected devices from from Fitbit, Withings, Apple and Samsung among others. The consumer app is expected early this year.
Zoom enters the healthcare market - a timeline
Since the pandemic began Zoom has become an integral part of daily life for people working from home, as well as a vital tool for families and friends to communicate. However it's also been eyeing up the healthcare space since 2017, and following the boom in telehealth the company has been rolling out additional services. Here we chart Zoom's move into healthcare.
2011 - 2013
Zoom is founded in San Jose, California, by Eric Yuan, formerly of Cisco. He got the idea to create a video calling platform from his visits to his girlfriend while he was a student, which would take 10 hours by train.
A beta version is released in 2012, which can host up to 15 participants. In 2013 this rises to 25. By mid-2013, Zoom has 1 million users.
2014 - 2017
Zoom attracts investors, including Sequoia Capital, Emergence and Horizon Ventures. By January 2017, Zoom has a series D funding worth $100 million.
2017 - 2019
Zoom for Telehealth launches, including an integration with EHR system Epic. It has cloud-based video, audio, and content sharing features, a "waiting room" for patients, and can easily be integrated into healthcare provider's workflows.
In 2019 Zoom goes public, with its IPO rising 72% in one day.
As a result of the pandemic, Zoom gains 2.2 million new users, more than in the whole of 2019. On the 23rd of March alone - the day the UK lockdown was announced - the platform was downloaded 2.13 million times around the world.
Share prices rise to around $150, and founder and chief executive Eric Yuan becomes one of the world's richest people, with an estimated net worth of $7.9 billion.
Early security issues are addressed by encrypting data with the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). By now the the platform allows 99 people to be on a call simultaneously
New features launch, including Zoom Home and Zoom for Chats. Throughout the year the platform is used to replace most kinds of real life events: work meetings, online classrooms, church services and social events.
Renamed Zoom for Healthcare, users can share secured video, audio, and content through desktops, mobile phones, and conference devices. As well as Epic, it can be integrated with Strmr, IntakeQ, and Practice Better.
It can also be used with diagnostic cameras and other point-of-care devices, including digital stethoscopes.
In an interview with Korea Biomedical Review, Zoom Global Healthcare Lead Ron Emerson said: "Our service is not simply a virtual care and telemedicine platform but a multi-purpose platform that can satisfy the needs of healthcare institutions."
"It can be used for administrative tasks, including telemedicine, medical team meetings, recruitment, medical education, employee training, and disease prevention. Analysing electronic records managed by Zoom could provide meaningful insights into patient care."
Phoenix Children's Hospital, Belfast's Hospital Services Limited, Butler Health Services and the global Project ECHO are among Zoom for Healthcare's current customers.