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VivaLNK sensors monitor coronavirus patients in China

Steve Rogerson
February 11, 2020



The Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center (SPHCC) is using continuous temperature sensors from Californian firm VivaLNK to combat the spread of coronavirus in China.
 
Modelled after the previous sars outbreak, SPHCC has special wards designed to limit cross infection and to provide more efficient treatments. SPHCC is designated as the primary treatment centre in Shanghai, and confirmed patients from area hospitals are also sent to the SPHCC for quarantine and treatment.
 
A key challenge in combating contagious diseases is limiting the spread of the virus within a hospital. Cross infection from patient-to-patient and patient-to-caregiver can be a major problem. While quarantining patients may limit patient-to-patient contact, contact between caregivers and patients can also be avoided with technology.
 
Working with VivaLNK partner Yijing Health, the temperature sensor is applied directly onto the patient and allows for continuous, real-time monitoring of changes in body temperature. The data are then sent electronically from the patient to a remote observation dashboard at the nursing station, providing a view of the patients.
 
Now, instead of physically checking the patient temperature every few hours with a mercury thermometer, temperatures can be monitored remotely and automatically, thereby limiting patient-to-caregiver contact.
 
SPHCC also plans to deploy other VivaLNK sensors to monitor vitals such as heart rate and respiratory rate. And in addition to SPHCC, the VivaLNK technology has been deployed in four other hospitals in China.
 
"VivaLNK is proud to help fight infectious diseases such as the coronavirus," said Jiang Li, CEO of VivaLNK. "The world will never be rid of diseases, but more effective methods of prevention and treatment can be achieved through technological advances."
 
The temperature sensor has clearances from the CFDA, FDA and CE, and is part of VivaLNK's medical wearable platform, which includes sensors to monitor other vitals and biometrics. Over-the-counter consumer versions of the temperature sensor are also available under the Enfasmart FeverSense and Nurofen FeverSmart brands.
 
VivaLNK provides connected healthcare for patient care and telemedicine. The company's portfolio includes wearable medical grade devices and data analytics applications that continuously monitor the health and well-being of individuals.