A new app has just been developed that allows for the close monitoring of people infected with COVID-19 whose conditions were not serious enough to be hospitalized. But how does it work?
It can be downloaded on any smartphone. The app is called 'Covidom' and it was created by a European medical centre, in conjunction with the French AP-HP and the French Nouveal e-santé company. This app allows for real-time monitoring of coronavirus patients.
An e-health app against the coronavirus
While containment is becoming increasingly suggested by medical professionals, some patients carrying the coronavirus or who are 'suspected of having Covid-19 without symptoms (may) benefit from being monitored at home via medical questionnaires offered once or several times a day, in addition to containment measures,' AP-HP group stated in its press release.
Having been launched since the 9th of March in two Parisian hospitals, the Covidom app is beginning to prove its worth. Patients have to answer a questionnaire on the e-health app on a daily basis and depending on his or her answers, alerts can be generated.
A remote diagnosis
Via this application, doctors can include the patient in the medical process. The infected person will thus be able to follow the evolution of their symptoms in real-time. The European medical centre said in a statement:
For example, in the event of high fever or severe respiratory discomfort reported by the patient, the healthcare team is alerted and contacts the patient to possibly adapt the monitoring and management,
One downside is that the use of the app is subject to account activation from the 'Covidom connection page' of a healthcare facility. Thus, Covidom cannot be set up by the individual to start the remote consultation process. In case of immediate emergencies, patients should still contact their local emergency number for quick and effective assistance.
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