Firstly, we would like to sincerely thank you for your efforts in the battle against COVID-19. CoVital aims to provide a publicly available smartphone app that enables patients to measure O2 saturation in the blood using their phone’s camera.
This will provide telemedicine professionals with more information on patients calling with mild symptoms, as well as enable recovering patients to self-monitor and get the help they need in case of a relapse, thus opening up hospital capacity for patients in more serious or critical condition. We have made significant headway in the project and are currently in the data collection phase.
What we need from you is to use the app to collect O2 saturation data in COVID-19 patients, and then obtain these same measurements with your standard hospital equipment. Our AI models will then compare these values to evaluate the efficacy of our algorithms in determining O2 saturation and heart rate from the smartphone cameras.
In summary, here’s what this process will look like:
Place the patient’s finger on the smartphone camera. The app will record a video with flash for 30 seconds.
Input basic patient information, inclduing age, sex, and weight.
Input O2 saturation and heart rate values as measured by a pulse oximeter (or other conventional measurement device).
Confirm the data and send it through the application.
We know how incredibly busy it is on the frontlines, so we’ve put a lot of effort into making this process as seamless and efficient as possible. We believe CoVital will help save many lives in the long-term, and we’d be honored if you chose to assist us in our mission. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions or suggestions.
We look forward to hearing from you,
The CoVital Team
Getting Involved as a Medical Professional
Our project relies on developing an algorithm that can read SpO2 data from a smartphone as accurately as possible, and to do this we need credible data to teach our system on.
If you are a medical professional who has access to a medical-grade pulse oximeter, preferably in a medical setting (i.e., with patients of various ages and genders), we definitely need your help.
You will be asked to download and use our testing app to measure a patient’s SpO2. We will then ask you to measure the patient’s SpO2 with a standard medical grade device of your own, and you’ll input this measurement into the app. This data, along with the patient’s basic health information, will then be sent to our servers for storage, analysis, and machine learning.
We do not store any data that could personally identify patients - we only see a brief video of their finger.