How digital health devices can predict COVID-19 virus outbreaks
How digital health devices can predict COVID-19 virus outbreaks 

How digital health devices can predict COVID-19 virus outbreaks: Scripps Research COVID-19 update: ERIC TOPOL, MD, Director and Founder, Scripps Research Transitional Institute in meeting he answered these questions.


How digital health devices trackers, worn by millions, capture real-time data that can be harnessed to predict disease outbreaks. A new app-based study, DETECT, will collect and analyze this data from participants across the Country.


We’re launching detect and really excited about this. Because this is a way to track with a Smart Watch a person's heart rate and to know well before people have fever and symptoms whether. There’s a cluster of abnormalities that’s happening.

We can't say whether it’s the corona virus or whether it's influenza. But at least we can see something predict something very accurately. so that we can put an alert and it's real-time it's continuous it's scalable and so we're really very keen on this added ability to be able to detect an emerging problem potentially in any part of the geography of the United States.

How might DETECT improve upon current methods of identifying viral outbreaks?


Well the problem we have right now is to do tests whether it's from a body fluid blood or any means of actual contact. There’s the inconvenience of having to go to a lab or sending a specimen. There’s also showing up to a place where other people may get your infection or you get theirs. So what if you could do that from a wristband just getting things like heart rate.

So we can do that now we've shown that we could do that as well as a CDC and so it's an added feature. It’s a whole another way to look at a person's well-being. If they have a resting heart rate which is abnormal that could be an early sign even before there's a fever or any other symptoms that something's not right.

Google map for traffic


Especially when you see a cluster in a community. We have really what it's called now casting it's almost like. If you were looking at a Google map for traffic and that's what this is a real time assessment which is superior because in the setting of infectious disease. You could test negative one day and then change the next day. This is real-time continuous assessment.

How is digital health changing the world of healthcare?


We’ve been pioneering digital health for about 13 years. I think we were the first program academic in the country and we learned right straight away is that this sensor world where you understand. The physiology of each person is an extraordinary way to get a handle a continuous unobtrusive.


you can of course tailor it as you need to for what you're interested in. in the setting of this COVID 19 it gives us a handle on things like heart rate. Which we know is a great antecedent abnormality before people get sick.

So by tracking people at scale. We’ll be able to see an outbreak as we saw with flu in a way that previously has not been obtainable you.

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