Founders: Dr. Oran Rigby & Dr. Amy Hollingworth
Consultant: Intensive Care Medicine in Dublin
Professor: Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Masters: Public Health Disaster Medicine, Trauma Surgery and Orthopaedic Medicine
Cosultant: Respiratory + Lung Transplant Specialist
Masters: Public Health Disaster Medicine, focusing on Pandemic Influenza
Medical Director: Sydney / NSW State Trauma System (Retd)
Aero Medical Director: Sydney / NSW State Counter Disaster (Retd)
Churchill Scholarship: 2014 Australian Churchill Scholarship for Telemedicine Research...
The COVID-19 MedBot is powered by Akkure, an innovative digital health startup based in Dublin. Akkure’s vision is to put control over health and medical data back into the hands of patients. We have designed a block-chain enabled digital health platform that allows users to own their own genetic information. Akkure’s platform enables users to keep their information private, or, if they choose to do so, be rewarded fiscally for sharing their information anonymously and securely with research organizations.
By joining the Akkure network, you are not only actively facilitating medical breakthroughs, but furthermore, becoming part of an innovative, patient focused, medical community looking to improve public health and revolutionize modern medicine.
Read more about the release of the COVID Medbot.
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What can I expect?
Most commonly reported symptoms
Most commonly reported symptoms
The most commonly reported symptoms of the coronavirus are as listed below:
- A cough (any kind of cough, not just dry)
- Shortness of breath
- Breathing difficulties
COVID-19 Public Health Advice
Experiencing any symptoms?
Experiencing any symptoms?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, do not panic.
- Engage in a MedBot consult to ascertain your personal risk assessment
- Follow the resulting guidelines for your next steps based on HSE and WHO recommendations. (Source: HSE)
How the COVID Medbot works
Engage in a MedBot consult.
Ascertain your risk assessment based on the results of the MedBot.
Follow the resulting guidelines given by the MedBot based on HSE recommendations.
Much of the panic surrounding the novel coronavirus outbreak has come from several myths that have been circulating regarding the nature of the virus. We’re here to debunk those myths, and provide you with up to date information from the HSE and WHO.
“Wearing a mask will protect me from the virus”
Standard surgical masks cannot protect you from the new coronavirus, as they are not designed to block out viral particles and often do not lay flush to the face. Using masks is unlikely to be of any benefit if you are not sick. However, there may be a benefit for sick people to use a mask to prevent the spread of infected droplets to other people.
“Cold weather and snow can kill the coronavirus”
There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases, as the normal human body temperature remains around 37ºC regardless of external temperature or weather.
“Hand dryers can kill the new coronavirus”
No, hand dryers are not effective in killing COVID-19. To protect yourself against the new coronavirus you should frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub, or wash them with soap and water. Once your hands are cleaned, you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer.
The AKKURE team possess a fusion of expertise in the medical, information engineering and healthcare space, with their current focus on the treatment of respiratory illnesses, rare diseases and oncology. Most notably, their founder Dr. Oran Rigby, a professor of robotics and autonomous systems, is also a consultant in intensive care medicine and surgery, whilst holding master’s degrees in disaster medicine, trauma surgery and orthopaedic medicine. Co-founder Dr Amy Hollingworth is a respiratory and lung transplant specialist, with a master’s degree in public health, focusing on pandemic influenza.
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