The Significance of Wearable Apps In The Fight Against COVID 19
Posted By : Anirudh Bhardwaj | 20-May-2020
The wearable technology has grown profoundly over recent years, successfully emerging as an evolving product category. A majority of users cling to wearable devices because of their cutting-edge health-tracking features, not to mention the availability of fitness tracking apps. Having said that, wearable devices and applications can play a significant role in curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. It’s been several weeks since the COVID-19 outbreak was declared as a global pandemic and it continues to spread across the globe.
With preventive measures in place like social distancing, mass quarantines, and nationwide lockdowns, we have been able to reduce the rate of contagion. However, containing the spread still seems difficult in the absence of a suitable vaccine. People are looking for innovative solutions to mitigate the risk of community transmission. Several tech enthusiasts have suggested that mobile and wearable app development could be a crucial step to bolster the fight against coronavirus.
In this blog post, we are going to discuss the main benefits of using wearable apps and IoT app development services to strengthen the containment efforts for COVID-19.
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Tracking COVID-19 Patients
Using wearable apps seems like a promising solution to accurately track the active COVID-19 patients in various states and districts. Considering the huge worldwide userbase of wearable devices, it can be an effective solution to avoid contact with potentially infected people. As a matter of fact, several healthcare organizations in various countries have already launched wearable apps for the exact same purpose. For example, the US-based healthcare technology company, Kinsa is tracking users’ data via its smart thermometer app which supports both smartphones and smartwatches.
A similar endeavor is initiated by the researchers at Northwestern University in collaboration with a prominent medical lab in Chicago. They have developed a wearable device that uses a set of data algorithms for the early detection of COVID-19 symptoms in suspected users. Furthermore, it continuously monitors the signs of illness as it progresses.
At Oodles Technologies, we are capable of developing similar apps with technology integrations for a wide range of wearable devices. We have previously worked with clients to build high-quality fitness tracking apps for popular Android Wear and watchOS smartwatches.
Real-time Alerts and Push Notifications
Another benefit of wearable app development is the inception of an early warning system that would alert users whenever they are close to a containment zone. We can design wearable apps to provide real-time alerts and notifications to keep users informed about the COVID-19 situation in their area. These apps will also provide early warning signals to help users keep the virus at bay. Developing such applications is particularly useful for frontline workers who are putting their lives on the line to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Continuous Health Monitoring
The biggest challenge before the healthcare communities is the uncertain characteristics of the novel coronavirus. Researchers are still not able to accurately identify the mysterious ways that this virus is affecting the victim’s body. There have been several instances where the COVID-19 victim didn’t show any signs of illness while still infecting others who came in contact. Having said that, continuous health monitoring is essential to identify the asymptomatic cases that pose an even greater risk of contagion. In that case, wearable technology can provide a promising solution for real-time health analysis of the potential COVID-19 victims.
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The Security Concerns
An increasing number of users are concerned about their privacy while using wearable apps that aim at fighting a global pandemic. Since these apps are going to use your personal health data and share it with other users, it makes sense too. However, developers can ensure that user identity is not revealed in any manner. For example, one can develop an app that would notify the user to stay alert when he enters a containment zone. Similarly, a wearable app with temperature sensors can detect the average body temperature of people coming in contact with the app user.
Why Choose Oodles Technologies For Wearable App Development?
We, at Oodles Technologies, provide end-to-end SaaS solutions with a focus on web and mobile app development. We specialize in building user-friendly apps for a wide range of wearable devices including Apple Watch and Android Wear watches. Our development team is experienced in using advanced tools, cutting-edge technologies, and agile methodologies to develop feature-rich wearable apps. Our wearable app development services enhance user interactions and deliver engaging user experiences across devices. We also specialize in developing high-quality IoT applications to centrally manage an increasing number of connected devices.