Fitbit gets $2.5M to test wearable tech COVID-19 early detection algorithm on Northwell Health employees

Jackie Drees –
Thursday, October 29th, 2020
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The study aims to confirm a Fitbit COVID-19 early detection algorithm, and as part of the initiative, Fitbit will disperse countless wearable devices to Northwell staff members. The individuals will then be alerted of prospective illness and be evaluated for COVID-19 to evaluate and validate outcomes.

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The research study builds on Fitbits operate in COVID-19 research study, which includes a collective research study consortium with the Scripps Research Institute and Stanford (Calif.) Medicine that introduced previously this year. As part of the effort, Fitbit is carrying out a study to identify whether it can develop an algorithm to detect COVID-19 prior to signs start; early findings reveal that the algorithm can recognize practically 50 percent of COVID-19 cases before users report having symptoms with nearly 70 percent uniqueness.

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command granted Fitbit $2.5 million to develop wearable tech abilities that can identify COVID-19 before symptoms start and check the gadgets with Northwell Health, according to an Oct. 29 press release.

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The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium award will support Fitbits ongoing work along with assistance the business start a research study of the tech alongside New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Healths Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research.