The COVIDFreee@Home platform is a system of remote monitoring using smartphones and smartwatches for patients with acute COVID-19 infection isolating at home.
In the last year, COVID-19 has impacted almost every aspect of our lives. Over a million Canadians have been infected with COVID-19, with the majority managing their infection at home.
Our team has developed the COVIDFree@Home platform to remotely monitor people with COVID-19 isolating at home. Participants are asked to enter their symptoms and other health information twice a day into a mobile app and the data is uploaded and displayed on an internet-based dashboard which is monitored by healthcare providers.
In our research study we will use data collected from the remote monitoring to develop algorithms which predict which patients with COVID-19 are risk of developing bad symptoms and require escalation of care and determine features that distinguish COVID variants which can be used for variant surveillance.
This platform has potential to become a standard means of caring for people with COVID-19. It can predict who will require escalation of care, determine characteristics of variants of concern and improve monitoring, detection, knowledge about and care for people with COVID-19.
We are conducting a multi-centre, study of 800 patients who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection isolating at home using real-time, continuous monitoring.