With support from USAMRDC’s Military Infectious Diseases Research Program (MIDRP) and Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP), and MTEC, Fitbit is developing and validating an algorithm to detect COVID-19, potentially before symptoms appear. As part of this project, Fitbit has initiated a prospective study with Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research to further validate its algorithm for early COVID-19 detection. They began enrolling patients for this study in February 2021.
Early detection of a COVID-19 infection is a critical force readiness issue for the United States Armed Forces. There is an urgent need for development of rapid, accurate wearable diagnostics to identify and isolate asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic COVID-19 cases, and track and prevent the spread of the virus. “Wearable technologies, valuable data metrics, and potentially rapid scaling solutions for broad availability create ideal conditions for military and industry partnerships in the consumer wearables space,” said Commander Christopher Steele, Director of the Military Operational Medicine Research Program at the U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command (USAMRDC).