“In Germany, we use our connected watch to free up hospital beds”

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the French company Withings, specializing in connected objects, has stepped up experiments with universities and hospitals to better support patients. Its connected watch, making it possible to record the heart rate, has for example been provided to patients of the Public Assistance-Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP) after their hospitalization, to analyze the evolution of their electrocardiogram. In Munich (Germany), the oxygen level in the blood was measured with the same device. Others, such as the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, have provided connected thermometer and blood pressure monitor to patients for automatic data transmission, to better understand the early symptoms of Covid-19. Objective: to show the usefulness of connected objects for health. Antoine Robillard, vice-president of Withings, in charge of Health Solutions, the division dedicated to healthcare professionals, explains. Interview.

Antoine Robillard, Vice-President of Withings, in charge of Health Solutions. The company was acquired by Nokia in 2016, then became independent again two years later. (Withings)

Since its creation in 2008, Withings has advocated for greater adoption of connected health. Message reaffirmed at the start of the pandemic. Are you not taking advantage of Covid-19 to develop your argument?

While the pandemic reinforced our message, the need for remote patient monitoring existed

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