The Scripps Research Institute, one of the world’s top research institutions, has developed an app to support its virus tracking research that accesses heart rate information through fitness wearables, and allows participants to record other symptoms like fever or coughing.
Amidst the current global epidemic of the COVID-19 coronavirus, real-time surveillance of highly contagious respiratory illness is absolutely essential for effective outbreak response and prevention strategies. In the current climate, influenza-like illness rates must be identified both more rapidly and more precisely than what is currently possible.
With the proof of concept and necessary infrastructure already in place, Scripps Research has launched DETECT: Digital Engagement & Tracking for Early Control & Treatment. With a free user-friendly, app-based platform MyDataHelps, participants can donate their heart rate, activity and sleep data, as well as log respiratory symptoms and the timing of any treatments taken.
This real-time, crowd-sourced information could help complement traditional public health methods, leading to earlier detection and containment of current and future outbreaks in different geographical locations.
As a participant in the DETECT health study, you will be asked to share you resting heart rate and other health information, including virus symptoms anonymously with scientists at Scripps. You are in control of the data you share – the AOF will not share any of your data with Scripps for this study and does not receive any identifiable data from Scripps related to your decision to participate in this study. Any information you choose to provide will be subject to the terms of participation in the Scripps study
If you have a wearable device that tracks your heart rate, please consider joining DETECT.
Visit www.detectstudy.org and simply install the app, MyDataHelps™, and help out with scientific research that has the potential to improve the health of people everywhere.
Download additional information about the study from Scripps Research.