Wearable wireless technology for remote health monitoring of COVID‑19 patients

Rouhani, Hossein | $50,000

Alberta University of Alberta 2020 NSERC Alliance COVID-19 Grant

Social distancing is recommended globally to slow down the COVID‑19 virus spread in order to prevent the healthcare system overload. Particularly, hospital visits increase the risk of infection for non-infected patients and healthcare workers. Therefore, virtual healthcare can help the healthcare system in many ways. Although wearables are commercially available in the market for entertainment and health tracking purposes, their application as a biomedical device for measurement of clinically meaningful vital signs has been limited. This project aims to develop a user-friendly, low cost, and medical-grade wearable sensor system for accurate and reliable measurement of vital signs relevant to health monitoring for patients infected with or susceptible to COVID-19. The outcome of this research enables remote health monitoring in real-time and the immediate action of healthcare providers without direct physical interaction with patients. Hence, the proposed technology can be lifesaving for both patients and healthcare workers and significantly reduce direct and indirect healthcare costs while improving health outcomes.

With funding from the Government of Canada

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