What if we told you your cell phone or “wearables” could track the health of everyone in America?

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What’s that expression, again?  “There’s an app for that?” 

What if we told you there was an app tracking real-time outbreaks before symptoms even begin?

Speaking with Michael Morra, Founder of Achu Health™, a wellness technology App of the worldwide cold and flu technology company, Datapult, Inc., it’s not hard to discern his level of excitement over his company’s launch of the iPhone and Apple Watch App.

Achu Health will be launched in the coming days, bringing a healthy lifestyle platform specifically designed to aid in predicting and providing real-time information on the potential for both individual and community-wide outbreaks of common cold and flu symptoms before the symptoms even begin.

With Dave Galluzo serving in multiple roles of attorney and Chief Operating Officer for Datapult Inc., and wife Jen performing all executive strategic marketing and public relations responsibilities, both joined the company when it was formed four years ago.

The entire premise of Achu is to serve as a companion download to wearable technology like Fitbit Versa, Fitbit Versa 2, Fitbit Versa Light, Fitbit Ionic, and now, very soon, the launch of the Apple Watch App, with its ease-of-use and quick interactions.

The new expansion with revamped versions of Fitbit and Apple Watch led by CTO Nafeh Shoaib come as a direct result of Datapult’s first release of this machine learning powered App, where it amassed a great deal of popularity about two years ago with the original release on Fitbit. Over 80,000 users downloaded this App, revolutionizing the personal health industry.

Equally excited about the greatly advanced improvements in the technology of Achu Health™ is CEO Tony Peticca, who pointed out:

“What is really cool about Achu Health™ is that it is the first App of its kind to highlight sickness patterns ahead of time, actually enabling users to take proactive steps to try to avoid sickness.”

As he and VP of Sales and Strategy, Andrew Safranko, further added:

“In these recent weeks, in particular, healthcare officials have asked people to be cautious, monitor symptoms, practice good hygiene, and lead an overall healthier lifestyle. Achu provides the tools to achieve all of this.”

And one of the best parts of these advances in the Achu App is that it’s totally free. You can download it in the coming days for the iPhone and Apple Watch on the App Store and any of the Fitbit Models mentioned before.

Americans began to embrace counting our steps en masse, though it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when fitness trackers truly entered the mainstream. Most experts suggest 2015 was the year we all started to pay attention to our health statistics through such forms of measured exertion. Gallup and Pew Research Center surveys recently learned that 21% of all Americans have now embraced some type of wearable fitness devices, or what translates into approximately 70 million people.

After consumer-focused beta testing with the original Fitbit technology, Achu wanted to go back to the drawing board to determine how it could best serve its customers with more precise and sophisticated machine learning algorithm.

The company partnered with Fitbit nearly two years ago, striving to improve the power of algorithms of predicting illness, and was honored when Iya Khalil, world-renowned data scientist, technology entrepreneur, physicist, and Forbes List of “50 Women-led Startups That Are Crushing Tech,” served in an advisory role for those specific technology purposes. Iya was integral to data validation and their partnership with IBM’s data science team helped to develop the machine learning algorithms for the new iPhone and Apple Watch App.

Despite this permeation, the rise of semi-obsessive data monitoring wasn’t a given. After all, fitness and technology trends are notoriously fickle. In a story for The New Yorker titled “Will Fitbit Go the Way of the Palm Pilot?” the story of how we fell in love with our Fitbits is a complicated one that revolves around technology and the quest for healthy living.

One limited, but pretty straightforward, explanation for the continued appeal of wearable tech, is the products have evolved from electronic pedometers to reflect the endless curiosities consumers have about their lifestyles. It’s the diversity of applications that’s attractive to the diversity of the population using them. In other words, if a user is interested in digitally tracking their sleep or their heart rate, the possibilities increasingly exist.

A global ranking of the 20 most popular fitness trends as chosen by a consortium of health professionals notes that wearable technology has dominated the field, attributing the staying power to the new wide-ranging features that have staved off the obsolescence that typically accompanies an ordinary fitness fad. The Apple Watch now can provide for you an electrocardiogram [EKG] with a pretty accurate rate of success.

This trajectory hints at another obvious aspect of wearable tech’s popularity: It occupies an unlikely overlap between seeming both cutting edge and highly practical. Beyond the countless hard-data features, consumers can now use them to battle everything.

Let’s take one of the newest features of the Achu Health iPhone app called SickScan, which accumulates data and tracks the density, trends, and outbreaks of cold and flu reports in your area in real-time and discovers the current health outlook within your geographic proximity.

Just as with an individual who uses Achu every day, the app asks the same 3 questions each day to calibrate and learn your biometric patterns:

1) How is your overall tiredness;

2) How is your stress; and

3) How is your anxiety level?

Your answers day after day create a snapshot of your biometric patterns and are further enhanced the more you communicate with the app. If at any point you begin to feel unwell, you merely enter your symptoms into the iPhone app.

Remember, the snapshots of weeks and weeks of feeling great are the censors which measure your personal biometric health patterns directly from your Apple Watch and calibrate your individualized algorithms to new and improved heights over time.

The first signs of your feeling unwell changes your personal biometrics, thus recognizing what your personal makeup reveals when you begin to get sick. This data creates those benchmarks, showing the likelihood or potential now for when you personally are in the beginning stages of figuratively trying to come down with the flu, for example, and will predict such illness up to four days in advance of your contracting the flu.

Like with months of being well, when there are recurring periods of more sickness, the accuracy of the technology becomes that much greater. The Achu iPhone and Apple Watch app is like your own, personal blue print and is approximately 78% accurate, giving you a lead time to go to the doctor, get medicine, additional rest, or whatever is recommended for you to work to prevent that illness from striking.

In SickScan, the feature of the Achu App which tracks trends in real-time of what’s occurring in your geographical location can be extremely helpful to folks who live and work in the area with an outbreak.

But it can also provide reasons for others who don’t reside there to stay away from their favorite coffee shop or restaurant, no differently than what all of America is doing now with COVID-19.

It’s important to note that the Achu App isn’t a diagnostic tool, but it can be not only one of your greatest assets to understand changes in your biometric patterns leading to an illness, but also act as a source of mapping for help to the public, just like what we’re experiencing with the COVID-19.

Even if there weren’t a travel ban, for example, we wouldn’t think about getting in our car, loading up our family, and traveling to New York City to see family and friends right now. That area has been geographically mapped as one of the worst cities to experience large numbers of people with COVID-19.

One of the absolutes of which we’re aware is that we’ve seen the virus in our lives before, even giving us instructions on the backs of old Lysol cans years and years ago as to how to defend yourself from acquiring it from making contact on or with surfaces, and keeping everything sterile. If we did contract a version of THAT strain of the COVID, we had the ability to fight-off the virus and let it run its course. 

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Regardless of the origin, the important distinction between the olden days of the virus we could fight with Lysol and bleach, and that of COVID-19, is that it is a new strain we’ve never seen within the human population, and which the human body has never recognized, leaving our immune systems without the ability to fight these unknown foreign invaders of COVID-19, which, again, have never afflicted the human body at any time in American history.

There are many terrific arguments, points, and facts which make Achu’s protocols the best defense mechanisms for our First Responders, particularly where illnesses have isolated and spread among certain segments and geographical locales of a population of people.

With Achu’s technological abilities to predict illness up to four days in advance of its afflicting an individual, First Responders can keep quarantined those who need to be, and ensure people who don’t live or work in that location don’t visit it.

With SickScan and its public mapping abilities, First Responders would be better prepared to restrict their travels within a precinct to just one area of that precinct, as an example.

And it’s possible that with cutting-edge and leading science and technology, Datapult, Inc. is in a first-class position to help maintain safety and provide guidance and direction for First Responders.

They can work in concert with federal, state, and local government officials to be able to add one simple component to its existing Achu Health App technology. Additionally, they now have the ability to become a testing site for prospective individuals symptomatic of COVID-19, with protocols for isolation and quarantine in-place.

Datapult, Inc. surely has the potential to become the next major creator of both how to predict and test for COVID-19. Datapult, Inc. with some of the most educated and talented people, can help address this dreaded virus and help safeguard our First Responders at the same time.

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