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April 21, 2020

Stanford Medicine Scientists hope to use Data from Wearable Devices to Predict Illness

Researchers from Stanford Medicine and their collaborators aim to predict the onset of viral infection through data provided by wearable technology. What they need now are participants.

Stanford Medicine researchers and their collaborators, Fitbit and Scripps Research, are launching a new effort that aims to detect early signs of viral infection through data from smartwatches and other wearable devices.

By using wearable devices to measure things such as heart rate and skin temperature, which are known to elevate when the body is fighting off an infection, the team seeks to train a series of algorithms that indicates when your immune system is acting up. 

If the algorithms succeed, the team hopes they could help curb the spread of viral infections, such as COVID-19.

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