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IWeecare wearable checks for Covid-19 in Ireland and Taiwan

  • June 2, 2020
  • Steve Rogerson

Taiwanese health-technology company iWeecare says its Temp Pal claimed world’s smallest wearable thermometer has been adopted to combat Covid-19 in hospitals in Ireland and Taiwan.

The cloud-based continuous temperature monitor can lower the risk of infections by early warning a fever and prevent the overwhelming of health systems by reducing physical contact between caregivers and patients.

Temp Pal is protecting healthcare workers at Ireland’s Cork University Hospital and Taiwan’s Cheng Hsin General Hospital (pictured). It is also used for self-quarantine management in Nanjing City of China to reduce workloads and close contacts with people at high risk.

Getting a fever is a key symptom of Covid-19. Temp Pal offers cloud-based continuous temperature monitoring and alerts when a fever is detected. The coin-sized soft patch, weighing 3g and lasting 36 hours per battery charge, can transmit temperature data via mobile app or gateway to the cloud, allowing one-to-many centralised tracking and treatment.

Ireland’s Cork University Hospital, together with software firm 8West and University College Cork, created a Covid-19 remote early warning (Crew) system for healthcare workers. The system integrates Temp Pal’s wearable thermometer into Sony’s mSafety smartwatch and transmits temperature data to the cloud, allowing for people to go into self-isolation early, and thereby protect other healthcare workers.

In healthcare institutions, it allows healthcare workers to reduce direct contact with patients and monitor real-time temperatures of thousands of patients in the cloud. In Taiwan, the 1000-bed Cheng Hsin General Hospital deployed it and resulted in saving staffs’ time, reducing record errors and decreasing risk of infection.

When a community implements a self-quarantine policy, Temp Pal can help public health authorities monitor the temperature of people under quarantine remotely. It is used in China’s Nanjing City for quarantine management.

“Temp Pal controls infections of Covid-19 for healthcare workers,” said Glen Tseng, CEO of iWeecare. “We hope this medically certified thermometer can help combat the pandemic and save lives.”

Founded in 2014, iWeecare innovates healthcare with Taiwan’s strength in technology. The company is funded by capitals from Silicon Valley, Singapore and Taiwan. It has now expanded to Europe and the rest of Asia.