India has introduced a smart wristband which will be embedded with its Arogya Setu app – a COVID-19 tracking mobile application developed by National Informatics Centre of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India – to monitor the location and temperature of COVID-19 patients. The wristbands will ensure that people quarantined with suspected infections stay at the designated places.
- If patients take the device off, public hospitals and the government will be informed.
- Health professionals are able to detect people’s temperature and symptoms through the device without having to engage in direct contact, hence, contributing to containing the spread of the COVID-19.
- Unfortunately, there are no regulations on data handling, such as how the data will be handled once it’s with the government or how long it’ll keep the data, by the government.
- The device is expected to better enforce self-quarantine measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 and help reduce the time in analyzing the patterns of the spread of the virus.
- Health professionals are able to detect people’s temperature and symptoms through the device, allowing for quicker and indirect examination of potential and/or confirmed patients.
- Thousands of wristbands are expected to be deployed throughout the upcoming weeks.
- Source(s): The Next Web, Global News