Fitbit to study how to detect COVID-19 in soldiers before symptoms appear

FedScoop: Fitbit, the company known for its wearable fitness trackers, is working with the Army on developing technology to monitor for pre-symptomatic COVID-19 infections, the company said Oct. 29.

The $2.5 million deal made through the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) is small in size but big in potential for bringing novel technologies to fighting the spread of the coronavirus in the military. So far, Fitbit is only in the phase of validating its COVID-19 early detection algorithm through studies sponsored by the Army. Other offices in the military have tested the idea along with other private wearable technology companies.

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