A new software app which enables individuals to monitor Covid-19 related symptoms in themselves and their family has been launched by clinical AI company Sensyne Health.
The CVm-Health the ‘Good Neighbour app’ marks the listed company’s first step into the direct to consumer market and is currently being offered free to anyone in the UK.
It enables individuals to remotely monitor their own and others’ vital signs, including pulse and temperature, and log existing health conditions and medications. As well as being of use to individuals, the developers believe the software could be used to help remotely monitor people in the community who are at risk from Coronavirus and who are not digitally connected.
Sensyne Health CEO Lord Drayson said: ‘Current social distancing and self-isolation advice is limiting people’s ability to care for the ones we love. While physical isolation during the crisis makes sense, social isolation doesn’t. In line with Sensyne’s aim to improve patient care, I hope CVm-Health becomes an app for everyone, including the digitally disconnected, and enables people to volunteer, from their laptop on their sofa, or at a safe distance in their neighborhood, to help look after those most vulnerable in society.’
The company plans to add new features to the app over the coming weeks, including reference information based on the latest medical guidance, symptoms and vital signs history and data sharing with healthcare professionals, family members and carers.
Sensyne said it aimed to work alongside national and local charities and volunteer organisations to roll out the app, which has potential global scalability.
Dr Chris Paton, head of the global health informatics group at the University of Oxford, and co-chair of the independent CVm-Health Clinical Leadership Board, said: ‘This app will be especially useful for those who want to help look after their family members or neighbours who might not have access to smartphones or tablet computers themselves. The app provides a simple and effective way of helping people track their own and others’ symptoms over time while ensuring the data collected is securely protected so that it can be used to help doctors and the NHS manage the Coronavirus pandemic.’