Researchers use Smartwatches to Measure Safety of COVID Vaccine
Tel Aviv University researchers monitored the physiological data of close to 5,000 Israelis over two years
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at Tel Aviv University equipped close to 5,000 Israelis with smartwatches and monitored their physiological parameters over two years. Of those monitored, 2,038 received the booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine, allowing the researchers to objectively compare measures before and after the participants took the vaccine, and confirm its safety.
In addition, in collaboration with the Kahn Sagol Maccabi Research & Innovation Center (KSM - the research and innovation institute of the Israeli Maccabi Healthcare Services), the researchers examined the safety of the booster by analyzing the medical files of 250,000 members of Maccabi Health Services anonymously (without identifying details) and with the approval of the Helsinki Committee. From the analysis of this large amount of data, the researchers were able to evaluate the safety of the vaccines from three perspectives: subjectively - what the participant reports, objectively - what the watch detects, and clinically - what the doctor diagnoses.