Healthcare workers put their lives at risk every day to save ours. 42% of all infections and death globally have consisted of elderly patients and their staff. With fever being a symptom in 89% of cases, elevated temperature has become one of the most important measurements hospitals take to assess staff health. However, after talking to almost a dozen healthcare leaders from around the world, we found that many hospitals to do not have a way to protect the health of their staff despite them being at high risk of contracting COVID. Staff have to sign paper affidavits which is time consuming, and hospitals hire others to screen their temperature a daily basis which increases risk on all fronts. Sometimes staff are so busy taking care of patients that they can be running a fever not know until 10 hours later.
This creates a significant number of potentially preventable infection situations that puts patients, coworkers, and family workers at risk. The CDC, city, and county governments have all started mandating symptom screens and temperature checks, and organizations are scrambling to hire staff and find technology stay compliant in these new processes. Unfortunately, few end to end solutions exist which creates a deadly game of telephone with critical health data. We created Spara Health to take a completely different approach to proactively managing elevated temperature among staff to reduce symptomatic infections.
What it does
For healthcare providers that don't want unknowingly symptomatic staff infecting patients and coworkers, Spara is a biosensor system that allows healthcare staff and their managers get accurate real time alerts on high temperature without wasting PPE on false alarms and time doing manual checks. Our breakthrough platform prevents the spread of COVID-19 with the following:
- Collect health data from contact-less, staff-less thermal camera kiosks for screening for both visitors and staff. We've developed the first enterprise, cloud based thermal check in system for health care facilities that reduces staff screening time by up to 50%.
- Continuously monitor accurate temperature. Early detection is valuable because the earlier elevated temperate gets detected, the earlier both the person can be isolated and fewer exposed others. We will import from two established device manufacturers with clinically proven, EU FDA approved biosensors which are Fitbit-like wearables that come in two form factors: a single Airpod-like lightweight earpiece, or a thin silver dollar shaped disc that can be worn on a chest strap or clipped into a bra. These wearables are synced to mobile devices.
- The Spara mobile app makes if simple to for healthcare staff to do their daily symptom check, and is configured to make vibration alerts if the wearable senses a high temperature.
- Alerts get pushed to a desktop application that allows administrators to effectively track team health and proactively manage staff risk with an all-in one web dashboard.
How we built it
The team comes from a variety of backgrounds and were able to combine experience, AI, IOT, mobile, and desktop in order to bring the solution together.
Challenges we ran into
We were surprised to see the complete lack of solutions for organizations to protect staff worker health. Part of this involved the challenge in architecting a solution that trekked across wearables, mobile phones, tablets, and desktop environments. Many out of the box platforms low code platforms did not have IOT integrations so we developed the mobile solution natively. We had to collaborate closely in order to ensure that the solution made sense.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
The team was able to combine very different backgrounds and listen to potential customers to make a solution we're really proud of and will make an impact.
What we learned
Alot of other solutions are going software only, and the added work of IOT integrations is not easy. However, we found that subjective feedback and qualitative information isn't enough to keep people safe, which is why the sensors are so important.
What's next for Spara
Healthcare is just the beginning. We see applications in government, military, essential businesses, and schools when they reopen. We will be raising funds to import the wearables from established manufacturers and are looking for advisors in the logistics and medical IOT space.