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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

New 'SafetyNet' Monitors COVID-19 Patients At Home

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The Masimo SafetyNet system will soon be deployed in more than 100 hospitals around the country.

Cincinnati Edition speaks with Dr. Peter Pronovost, chief clinical transformation officer at University Hospitals in Northeast Ohio; and Joe Kiani, founder, chairman and CEO of Masimo Irvine, California, about the "SafetyNet" system which remotely monitors patients suffering from COVID-19 and and other ailments.

The system, which was developed by Pronovost, allows remote medical personnel to track the blood oxygen levels of COVID-19 patients who are sick at home. The FDA recently approved the device, which is worn like a bandaid on the patient's finger. It connects to a watch-like device worn on the patient's wrist and then wirelessly to a smartphone. The Masimo SafetyNet system will soon be deployed in more than 100 hospitals around the country.

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