Medical staff at a hospital in Ireland are using a cloud-connected miniature wearable thermometer to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Temp Pal sensor is re-purposed from a family planning app to constantly monitor the temperature of staff at University Hospital in Cork. The 3g sensor runs for 36 hours on a charge with a 2 hour recharge time, and provides early warning of a Covid-19 fever in staff.
The hospital worked with software firm 8West and University College Cork on a COVID-19 Remote Early Warning System (CREW) for its healthcare workers. The system integrates the wearable thermometer into a smartwatch and transmits temperature data to the cloud, allowing for people to go into self-isolation early and so protect other healthcare workers.
The sensor system was originally developed by iWeeCare in Taiwan for family planning, measuring temperature changes to highlight ovulation. Now it is also being used at Taiwan's Cheng Hsin General Hospital as well as for self-quarantine management in Nanjing, China, to reduce workloads and close contacts with people at high risk.
The Temp Pal sensor provides a cloud-based continuous temperature monitoring system and alerts when a fever is detected. The coin-sized soft patch weighs 3g and transmits temperature data via mobile app or gateway to the cloud, allowing one-to-many centralized tracking and timely treatment.
This allows healthcare workers to reduce direct contact with patients and monitor real-time temperatures of thousands of patients in the cloud. In Taiwan, the 1000-bed Cheng Hsin General Hospital deployed it and resulted in saving staffs' time, reducing record errors, decreasing risk of infection.
When a community implements a self-quarantine policy, Temp Pal can help public health authorities monitor the temperature of people under quarantine remotely, says the company. "Temp Pal is the solution to control infections of COVID-19 for healthcare workers. We hope this medically certified thermometer can help combat the pandemic and save lives," said Glen Tseng, CEO of iWeeCare.
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