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Empatica has developed an algorithm that works with their two health wearables. The AI uses the data collected to look for signs of a possible respiratory infection, including Covid-19. If detected, the wearer is alerted immediately. It allows them to take action and reduce the risk of exposing others to the virus.
During the coronavirus pandemic, healthtech companies adapted with numerous innovative techniques to modify their existing products to aid people. These creative solutions have been seen in the workplace, clinics, hospitals, and in the home. For example, Kinetic modified their wearable for reducing workplace injury to aid contact tracing when a positive case in the workplace has been identified.
Empatica, the Boston-based developer of medical wearables, also jumped into action when the pandemic hit. Their two wearable wristbands, the E4 and EmbracePlus, continuously monitor various biomarkers. The biomarkers include heart rate, temperature, oxygen levels, rate of breathing, and heart rate variability. Empatica developed an algorithm compatible with both wristbands that support the early detection of respiratory infections, including Covid-19.
The AI algorithm runs a daily assessment of the wearer’s data and looks for anything abnormal that may indicate a lung or breathing infection. It calculates a risk score for the wearer to check every day for a colour-coded, easy-to-understand result. If the wearer is at high risk of a possible infection, they can immediately take action. This means isolating and getting a Covid-19 test if recommended by their local healthcare professionals.
Being able to take action immediately, even before symptoms start, can decrease the number of people exposed to the virus. For frontline and essential workers, the ability to respond swiftly to health changes can keep workplaces, customers, and classrooms protected from the virus.