In December, I was hospitalized for Covid-19 linked to pneumonia, from which I have since recovered. I am now officially classified as a Covid survivor. With every breath I take, I remember other people currently battling this threatening disease. My family and I are extremely fortunate to have been able to survive this terrible disease, and I am incredibly grateful to all the true heroes, doctors and nurses, as well as the true friends who supported and encouraged me to fight.
Although I am primarily functional, in many ways I continue to operate below the normal capacity level. Several weeks ago, I felt strong enough to take long walks, but I managed to work in just under a mile before the post-exercise discomfort: brain fog, fatigue, palpitations, chest pain and shortness of breath. . As a once energetic and competitive person in both work and personal life, the impact of this disease has succeeded in turning my world upside down. There is always a high risk of developing post-intensive syndrome (SPIC), a condition that can include acquired weakness, cognitive dysfunction, or other health-related disorders.
When I left the hospital, the doctors assured me I would be better in weeks, then months, and now say my full recovery will eventually come. Post-exercise discomfort is different. It is a lasting consequence that I have never encountered before. I quickly come across weaknesses related to mentally taxing tasks, such as working in AI, zoom sessions, physical movements as well as simple walking. I often wonder, where is old Mark? The old Mark who was once full of energy, ideas and solution oriented focus by nature. I spent most of my days trying to solve my own illness and find solutions for others
After conducting extensive research, I wanted to share some technological advancements and solutions that would help Covid-19 survivors in their daily lives as they slowly recover.
Portable oxygen concentrators
Based on Philips SimplyGo Mini portable oxygen concentrator (POC) which is an extremely lightweight and portable oxygen solution for travel, and it also complies with all applicable Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements for in-flight use on airplanes . It is extremely lightweight and uses UltraSense sensitive breath sensing technology that ensures oxygen is delivered to you when you need it.
Connected health device and remote patient monitoring
AltumView Systems intelligent medical alert system, which includes intelligent visual sensor, cloud server and mobile app. It is a smart IOT device with a powerful AI chip, which runs advanced deep learning algorithms to monitor the activities of the elderly. When emergencies such as falls are detected, the sensor sends instant alerts to family members or healthcare workers
Biofourmis AI-based remote patient monitoring and analytics technology that provides personalized predictive care by leveraging active and passive data collected from clinical-grade portable devices that continuously monitor over 20 physiological parameters
Biotricity focuses on the remote monitoring of patients and builds diagnostic and post-diagnostic systems for chronic diseases, starting with heart disease. The company has built a core technology platform that encompasses cellular IoT, AI, sensors and the cloud to transform the treatment process
Blue Spark Technologies TempTraq is a portable, Bluetooth-enabled continuous temperature monitor in the form of a disposable, single-use soft patch. For up to 72 hours, TempTraq detects, records and transmits body temperature data via Bluetooth to a smart device running the TempTraq app
MEMS based ultrasound device The ultrasonic network makes it possible to monitor the air flow of the exhaled air and thus to monitor the breathing of the patient in general. She is also developing a chemical breath analysis system based on ion mobility spectroscopy.
Binah.ai The real-time vital signs monitoring app allows medical staff to easily measure oxygen saturation (SpO2), respiratory rate, heart rate and HRV – remotely.
Telling.ai provides telehealth respiratory monitoring and analyzes voice and breath sounds to assess lung health
Among others, Israeli tech startup Oxitone Medical provides a portable, FDA-approved pulse oximeter that continuously generates several critical physiological parameters.
IA Cardio analyzes CT scans to measure the level of inflammation in the heart. These AI methods were developed by Professor Charalambos Antoniades, Principal Investigator at BHF and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford. This technology allows a direct comparison of inflammation before, during and after infection to understand if Covid-19 has lasting effects on heart health.
Tele-neurorehabilitation and gamification
According to Fierce Healthcare, “Physiotherapists are exploring the use of tele-neurorehabilitation and gamification to help stroke victims recover. “According to Harrison Segall, physiotherapist at Johns Hopkins Hospital,” the use of gamified rehabilitation through tele-neurorehabilitation allows us to see our patients at a higher frequency, to improve their adherence to their program. ‘home exercises and generally increase their dose of exercise. . ”
Advanced Stem Cell Therapy Trials to Regenerate and Repair Lung Cells
MSC therapy: According to Indiana Polyclinic, “Stem cell therapy is a promising option that can not only heal damage but also regenerate lung tissue. A lot stem cell trials are currently underway involving COVID-19 patients to determine the effectiveness and value of this treatment. In addition, “Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine conducted a unique and groundbreaking randomized controlled trial showing that infusions of umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells safely reduce the risk of death and accelerate the time to death. recovery for the most severe COVID-19 patients, according to results published in STEM CELLS Translational medicine in January 2021.
Latest advanced tests
UK-headquartered company Synairgen has treated the UK’s first patient in a global Phase III trial evaluating its COVID-19 SNG001 inhalation treatment in hospital patients. According to Pharma Times, “SNG001 is an inhaled formulation of interferon beta-1a, a naturally occurring protein that is believed to trigger the body’s antiviral responses.”
Finally, I would like to recognize the special people who have been there for me throughout this difficult time. It is these few trusted resilient friends, colleagues, peers, fellow entrepreneurs and dreamers throughout my journey that have kept me coming out of this and continuing to fight. I will never forget your actions and your impact at a defining moment in my life. The impossible has become possible. Let us also not forget our warriors, our patriots, our frontline workers, the doctors and nurses who stayed on until the end. These are the real heroes. With cutting-edge medical care, a human-centered approach and technology, we can beat this terrible disease.