Medical Devices and Healthcare IT

Temperature sensing chip embedded in a wireless patch to detect COVID-19

29 May 2020
The health patch that could be used to monitor for COVID-19 remotely using a smartphone. Source: SkyWater

SkyWater Technology will manufacture a temperature sensing microchip used in a smartphone-enabled wireless patch for remote detection of COVID-19.

The chip will be used as part of a health monitoring solution in development with artificial intelligence company SensiML, a subsidiary of QuickLogic and Upward Health to remotely monitor wearers. The patch, which is about the size of a Band-Aid, is placed on the skin and is wirelessly paired to a mobile device. It monitors the wearer for elevated body temperature, which is an indicator of the virus.

The platform is intended to allow integration with contact tracing applications such as upcoming exposure notification systems from Apple and Google that will help healthcare workers and other businesses go back to work safely, reducing anxiety and lessening the spread of COVID-19.

Health monitoring inside businesses is expected to play a key role in modifications to the workplace to improve the safety of workers as well as protect healthcare providers. Wearable self-monitoring will allow for large segments of the population to check temperatures and help public health officials identify community spread to prevent outbreaks.

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