At Home Monitoring for Patients With Covid19

  • End date
    Apr 29, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University Health Network, Toronto
Updated on 30 May 2021


The vast majority of individuals with Covid19 have mild illness that can be managed in the outpatient setting. A small but significant number of these people will deteriorate and require hospitalization. Symptoms are a poor - and possibly late - indicator for deterioration. While people who have died, and/or been cared for in the ICU or hospital have been well characterized, there remains a dearth of information about the clinical course of people in the outpatient setting. Most notably, it is not known when to escalate to hospital care. The consequence of non-escalation when needed is significant patient morbidity and mortality, of escalation when not needed is unnecessarily overwhelmed hospitals. Technologies for clinical management and early diagnostics for severe Covid19 infection will address this challenge.

The research goal of this study is to use real-time remote patient monitoring to detect which patients with Covid19 are at risk of deterioration to bring to hospital, while at the same ensuring the worried will receive reassurance so they stay at home. The clinical goal is to help clinicians provide excellent care using ubiquitous mobile phones.


People with COVID infection recovering at home or in long-term care are at high risk of hospitalization and death, a reservoir of the disease, and the source of any second wave. Three important gaps still besiege their well-being and, consequently, the well-being of all of us. First, we cannot yet accurately predict the approximately 10% who deteriorate and need hospitalization. Deterioration happens quick and without warning. Delayed detection of deterioration worsens patient outcomes. Second, COVID patients feel terrified and alone. This leads them to come to EDs when not indicated, to have poor mental health and to risk violating physical distancing rules. Third, the health of people with COVID cannot be improved without having a means of studying and understanding what they are going through. None of these gaps are being filled by public health.

It is imperative that Ontario have an effective and safe outpatient care and research strategy for people with COVID isolated at home and in long term care to survive this COVID pandemic.

The investigators are building a mobile smartwatch/smartphone application to create a scalable safe virtual system that meets the care needs of COVID patients at home and in long term care (including reassurance when they are doing well), that uses continuous symptom, heart rate, respiratory rate, cough and other monitoring to predict who needs to go to hospital in real time and that provides a research platform to learn how to further improve and preserve their health.

Condition Coronavirus Infection, Coronavirus
Treatment Covidfree@home
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04453774
SponsorUniversity Health Network, Toronto
Last Modified on30 May 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Patients who tested positive for Covid19
Patients experiencing symptoms of Covid19 and have been deemed to likely have Covid19

Exclusion Criteria

Does not speak English
Unable to use a mobile smartphone and smart watch
Unable to complete questionnaires on own
Significant comorbid condition that would confound symptoms and sensor readings
Deemed palliative with goals of care being comfort measures only
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