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Supporting Patients in Self-Isolation with Doctors at the Front Line

University of Melbourne / Swinburne University of Technology / Two Bulls

In March 2020, we were on the verge of an unprecedented health emergency. In the coming weeks, with the rapid spread of COVID-19 our public health systems were going to struggle to cope with the numbers of patients requiring personal care and monitoring. In order to reduce hospital admissions, we needed to divert patients to COVID-19 clinics and away from hospital ERs. We also needed to ensure medical staff are confident that patients that present to clinics and are sent home with less-serious symptoms will still have access to the resources, monitoring and the information they need to effectively care for themselves in self-isolation.

Our Work

Working with the University of Melbourne, Swinburne University and leading clinicians Dr Mukesh Haikerwal AC, Prof Bruce Thompson (President, The Thoracic Society of Australia and NZ, Dean of Health Sciences, Swinburne University) and A/Prof Jeremy Goldin (Senior Respiratory Physician, Royal Melbourne Hospital), Two Bulls deployed CovidCare into clinics in just two weeks. After initial user trials, and in close partnership with the University of Melbourne (The Department of General Practice, Melbourne Medical School and The Centre for Digital Transformation of Health) - we deployed CovidCare into formal Clinical Trials in Fever Clinics around Australia. Providing at-home support for those with COVID-19 symptoms, and driving crucial health data to better inform future health related decision making for policy makers.

The Result

The Melbourne Medical School of The University of Melbourne is currently rolling out a clinical trial testing the safety and efficacy of the app. A sub-study will also be conducted to understand the emotional needs of people during self-isolation. Find more information at covidcare.io