Philips and DOD aim to detect COVID early with wearable devices and an algorithm

The Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit and Philips are studying the ability of Garmin watches and Oura rings to collect data that can offer an early warning of COVID-19 infection. [Photo courtesy of the DOD Defense Innovation Unit]Philips and the Pentagon are testing what they call “predictive bio-wearables” that can track changes in vital signs to offer an early warning of COVID-19 infection.

Philips and the DOD Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) have used Garmin watches — the Fenix 6 and Vivoactive 4 — and Oura rings on more than 11,000 test patients since June 2020. They’ve measured respiration rate, oxygen saturation and heart rate with the watch and heart rate and skin temperature with the ring.

An algorithm watches for changes detected by the cloud-connected devices and offers a score from 1 to 100, with a higher number representing a higher likelihood of infection. The researchers compare it to a check-engine light warning that something could be wr…

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Dexcom announces Garmin as first partner for real-time APIs

[Image from Garmin]Dexcom (NYSE:DXCM) announced today that Garmin introduced its Dexcom Connect IQ apps on its smartwatch and cycling computer.

Garmin today launched the apps to provide people using the Dexcom G7 continuous glucose monitor (CGM) with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes a way to quickly see glucose levels and trends, even while working out. Apps compatible with the Garmin smartwatch or cycling computer can be downloaded now from the Connect IQ store in the U.S.

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