Post Discharge Tele-monitoring of COVID‑19 Survivors for Long-Term Impacts and Point-of-Care

Kazem Moussavi, Zahra | $49,880

Manitoba University of Manitoba 2020 NSERC Alliance COVID-19 Grant

To confront the COVID‑19 pandemic hospitals need to maximize bed availability and minimize the duration of patients’ stay as much as possible. Given the constraints, physicians are neither able to investigate the long-term effects of COVID‑19 nor able to optimize extended treatments beyond the hospital. Physicians also do not have time to keep patients mobile and lucid during their hospital stays, resulting in longer recovery periods and further complications for patients. We propose the development of a tele-monitoring solution for the long-term monitoring of COVID‑19 survivors. Such a solution will help save significant healthcare costs by reducing the number of plausible future hospitalizations due to patient complications, providing valuable insights to various stakeholders from doctors to policymakers on the long-term effects of COVID-19, and improving patient care and treatment.

Using our team’s existing bio-instrumentation technologies and years of experience, we propose to develop a custom-designed miniaturized monitoring system capable of recording pulse oximetry (blood’s oxygen level), blood pressure, heart rate and breathing and swallowing sounds. This solution will be non-invasive, easy to implement and will not require an assistant physically present. The system will be augmented by regular videoconferencing sessions with a medical practitioner. The frequency of the connection can be modified depending on the patient’s condition and medical history in consultation with our team’s physician.

By running the proposed project on a large scale, the expected outcomes will be: 1) collection of reliable and objective information on the long-term impacts of COVID-19, 2) developing an all-in-one technology for future applications, 3) collection of objective and actionable information that can be used to optimize care and treatment plans for patients, 4) better care and treatment for all strata of society regardless of the remoteness of the residence, and 5) improved mental health and recovery of patients.

With funding from the Government of Canada

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