REMOTE HEALTH

BIOS Health is a technology company dedicated to understanding chronic health conditions, diagnosing patients living with them and treating them with the newest technologies. BIOS has developed a set of technologies to access and understand the neural data in the body and how it regulates the body's organs.

 

As part of our focus on understanding chronic conditions we have developed software and data analytics techniques on existing wearable technology to be able to give a comprehensive overview of a person's health status. We believe this will be crucial in the future of digital therapeutics and people taking back control of their own health. This technology also allows us to better verify that new therapies and treatments are effective and have long-term positive outcomes for patients. Thus it can also play a key role in clinical studies and trials.

 

Due to the global pandemic, it has become increasingly important to conduct studies remotely. To support this, BIOS is providing our remote health platform to existing studies so trial setup and management can be handled remotely. There are two key devices and apps that we are providing for people participating in the studies:

  1. BIOS Health: Clinical Studies app (available for Android and iOS) enables a person to sign up and participate in clinical studies that are relevant for them and their specific health status. The app allows them to record their own view of their health, their symptoms and how they are feeling, which can be used to assess the severity of their condition and whether their current treatment is effective.

  2. BIOS Health: Tracker, is an app on the Apple Watch which passively measures several health metrics for the person including heart rate, activity levels and estimates the overall fitness of the person. New features are being added constantly to give the person and the healthcare team a better view of the person's health.

 

Both applications are currently in research use only. The company is seeking to get appropriate regulatory approval for having the apps in practical clinical use in the near future.

BIOS Health: Clinical Studies - App overview


The app provides a simple interface to log in and view studies available to the user. The user can request to join a study as a participant, and will be sent a token in order to register. Once registered, the user can view the study specific surveys and is able to start completing them. The surveys are self-contained and have different frequencies for occurrence (daily, weekly, monthly). Once a specific survey is completed it will no longer be available until the following day, week, month when the survey is requested again. In the first version of the app, participants see statistics describing their progression in studies.

 

Key information:

  • Safe & secure storage of user's data.

  • Used for patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) and other survey type questionnaires.

  • Survey data can be linked to other health data using unique identifiers without ever transferring the user's personal details such as name or email address.

  • Built on the FDA MyStudies app open software platform.

 

Versions:

  • The current version of the app enables participation in key studies on COVID-19 or chronic conditions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The next version will allow users to track the health metrics they submit during study participation, to support an improved understanding of their own health.

BIOS Health: Tracker - App overview

When a user joins a study and signs up on the Clinical Studies app, their Apple Watch app is linked to the specific id they have on their phone app. BIOS currently provides all participants with the watch for the study. The BIOS Health: Tracker can be turned on by the user and it then operates in the background until the user no longer wants to be recording their health metrics and activity. The application records heart data like the heart rate and mobility data like the accelerometer (IMU) and GPS. The GPS recording is designed to be in very limited use and is only used when the user goes on a walk that they signify on the app and we also only record the differences in the GPS signal as we only want to record the movement activity rather than the locations themselves. This means that BIOS never records the user's location even when it uses the GPS for tracking movement.

 

Key information:

  • Safe & secure storage of user's data.

  • Used for recording passively a user's health and activity metrics and analytically deriving relevant fitness assessments like the 6MWT.

  • User can turn off the health tracking whenever they want.

  • Built to link with the BIOS Health: Clinical Studies app such that they can together be used in clinical studies.

Versions:

  • The current version of the app enables participation in key studies on COVID-19 or chronic conditions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The data is provided to the user's healthcare team for research purposes.

  • In future versions we will build access for the patient to be able to see their own health data in a companion phone app. This will likely be done in conjunction with changes in the phone app BIOS Health: Clinical Studies.

  • New features will be incorporated to the app as capability comes available in new releases of Apple Watches and watchOS. Also when new algorithmic developments are done internally for better health estimates for the user.

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