Tuesday 11 August, 2020

What is this BioButton to be worn by visitors when borders reopen?

Government recently announced its plans for a phased reopening of Cayman's borders, indicating that health and isolation management and tracking would occur via a health monitor device or BioButton, linked to a geofencing app.

The reopening is expected to be a gradual, 6-month process under which visitors will be allowed to enter the Cayman Islands under what Kirkconnell has referred to as a "quarantine pathway" which will be managed by Travel Time.

Upon entry into the Cayman Islands, visitors will be provided with the registered BioButton. This will monitor an individual's vitals on a dashboard. Visitors will be taken from the airport to a location to undergo five days of self isolation, after which they will be tested for COVID-19 and discharged if negative. The visitor will be required to wear the BioButton during the duration of their stay.

But what is this BioButton?

Launched in May by BioIntelliSense, Inc — a continuous health monitoring and clinical intelligence company, the BioButton is a coin-sized — disposable medical device that measures continuous temperature and other vital signs for up to 90-days. BioIntelliSense data services allow for early detection of adverse trends through biosensor technology and advanced analytics.

BioIntelliSense's BioButton medical-grade device enables remote data capture and continuous multi-parameter monitoring of temperature, respiratory rate and heart rate at rest, body position, sleep and activity state on a single disposable on-body sensor.   

The BioIntelliSense DaaS platform can be successfully applied to a wide range of COVID-19 related use cases for the monitoring of returning workforce and students, high-risk patient populations, patients in-hospital and in-home along with frontline healthcare professionals.

The minister has indicated that this protocal will be re-evaluated in October based on its degree of success. 

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