The impact of Covid-19 on people’s lives have birthed to invention and creation of wearable technologies. The raise to creating wearable technology and apps has risen in the last 10 years. The wrist, an area once thought to have very minimal importance other than hand movement and pulse rate now have been an are of great interest in health engineers and technology companies.
Only time will tell how far smart watches will take the on-the-go health industry. From the digitization of time, heart rate, sleep, exercise, and fall detection; smart watches are now working on detecting diseases.
Early detection to prevention of covid-19 infection is the focus of the titans of technology and healthcare institutions.
Mount Sinai’s Researcher have completed a study called Warrior Watch. Apple watches were used in the study of 297 health workers for 5 months (from April to September). The participant’s heart rates were measured using an application measuring heart variability (HRV) to determine the presence of a disease, in this case to detect the presence of Covid-19.
The author of the study, Dr. Robert P Hirten, found significant changes in heart variability metrics prior to participants contracting the Covid-19 7 days before infection affirmed by a nasal swab test. A study conducted by Stanford University yielded similar results from their participants, “…81 percent of patients testing positive for coronavirus had changes in their resting heart rate up to nine and half days prior to the onset of symptoms.” These promising results such as those studies mentioned above are interesting ways wearable can help with over crowding in hospitals and decrease the risks of infection rates between patient and healthcare providers.
The future of wearable tech like smart watches can only improve the way we think of health information and data in the future. With intensions such as early detection of Covid-19 is a great step on how technology can help with preventing spread of the disease and early containment.