Smart adhesive patch warns of infections

The tool makes it much easier to track the development and course of diseases.

Founded by Werner Koele and Peter Gasteiner SteadySense company developed by an innovative sensory patch that constantly monitors body temperature and documents it on your smartphone. Koele said fever samples give doctors information about whether a case is a viral or bacterial infection because they have unique characteristics. Malaria or other tropical diseases, for example, are associated with very high fever for a short time.

Regular and accurate measurements are needed during an illness, and a smart patch called SteadyTemp helps with this. This is placed under the arms and the patient must wear it for a week. The device measures body temperature every 5 minutes. According to Koele, this way all values ​​can be checked and the doctor gets more accurate information about the course of the disease, which supports him in making a diagnosis.

The sensory patch is activated through an application. The values ​​are transmitted over an NFC connection. Outliers – for example, because the patch will get wetter and colder during a shower – are filtered out using software. But the expert pointed out that there may also be differences because someone puts their hands over their heads while sleeping. All of these factors can be filtered out by the algorithm, or it can be determined that a disease is caused by simple temperature differences.

One of the people who tested the development was coronavirus but did not have a fever, but at night he could see temperature differences, so it was known before the coronavirus test that something was wrong with him. For other people, the prognosis also worked and thus a preliminary medical examination became possible. Values ​​can be exported and passed to GPs. It is up to everyone to decide which data to pass on. They are only stored on the connected mobile phone, while they are processed anonymously on the servers. The patch can be very useful in hospitals as it is used once and does not need to be disinfected. The product will be available in pharmacies and pharmacies by the end of the year.

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