The marriage between healthcare and technology has been one of the truly great things to come from the new millennium, and ahead of the NBA restart we are going to see it take centre stage once more with a ‘Smart Ring’ being worn by players.
This aforementioned accessory will allow players to be monitored electronically and have symptoms of COVID-19 identified almost three days earlier than usual.
Furthermore, this can be done with a 90 percent accuracy rate.
Players who opt to wear the device will have their body temperature measured, their respiratory functions graded and their heart rates recorded.
Team personnel on the coaching side won’t have access to the data recorded from wearing the ring, instead that will be directly sent to the team’s medical staff.
An ‘illness probability score’ will be given to players who show signs of the COVID-19 virus and this will trigger a further and more detailed medical review.
The use of the ring won’t be compulsory, which is somewhat of a surprise, although there are concerns about just how the private information of each player will be secured.
Such a development in healthcare with relation to the NBA stars comes in the wake of the league announcing that team training camps will begin at the Disney campus in Orlando on July 9, running right through until July 29.