Hyfe App Walkthrough: Set Up and Functions
What Is Hyfe App?
Cough is common and commonly ignored. Most people do not promptly notice when they begin to cough or when their everyday cough gets worse.
Using artificial intelligence, Hyfe tracks cough frequency and helps you identify cough trends. It helps you keep track of your health and the health of your loved ones. It also helps health professionals monitor the cough progression of their patients from afar.
When the app is running, the sound is processed through a cough detection algorithm that identifies fluctuations in volume and detects whether they are coughing or not. After detection, all sounds which are not cough-like get deleted. The number of coughs over time are tracked and get displayed on a dashboard.
Hyfe App Walkthrough: Set Up
After installing, it will take you through a welcome screen showing some of the features.
You then sign up via social networks (Google, Facebook, Twitter) or email. Just add your name and password and click “sign up” to continue.
Your phone provider will then ask for permission to use the app to its fullest. These are privacy permissions and access to the microphone.
The app then asks for one elicited cough. Cough once, and then the app will calibrate the sound of your cough.
After that, you’re ready to start.
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Hyfe App Walkthrough: Functions
When you go into the app, you will be able to see your cough frequency over time. Of course, when you first use the app, it will only show one cough, your practice cough when you first installed the app.
Day, Night, or 24/7 Recording
If you click on the top left, you can change options from all-day recording to just bedtime recording, for example.
You can set the time you go to sleep so that it just records your overnight cough, or you can turn off nighttime recording entirely.
However, it is advised to set your recording feature to 24/7 so that Hyfe App can best assess your cough. Sometimes our cough gets worse at night, so it makes sense to have this feature turned on.
Preferences, About & Feedback
At the bottom left of the app, you can set your preferences. For example, you can contribute location data for research purposes, or you can “use WiFi only.”
Another function in the bottom left location is the reports that the app will provide. The app has a reporting system that allows the user to collate the information about the cough and either keep this for personal use or share the reports with medical staff, allowing for remote medical care. This is a great feature for those who are monitoring a loved one’s cough.
On the upper right hand, there’s a chart icon. This leads you to a list of your cough recordings that you can listen to and choose whether it’s a false negative such as picking up someone else’s cough. Options are “Not my cough” and “Not a cough.” That way, you can keep your cough diary nice and clean.
Share Cough Data
Here, you can share your cough data with a friend (“Share with Friend”) by generating a QRQ code and have your friend scan that code. Alternatively, you can share the information with a health professional by clicking “Share with Health Professional” and entering an email address. This only works if the health professional has the Hyfe App also.
Going back to preferences, you can turn off all automatic reporting and instead start a manual recording session, which you can do as long as you want. After you cough, the data will be displayed on a graph, and you can toggle between review mode and chart mode and listen to each of the coughs individually.
Cough Diagnosis Menu
If you click on preferences and tap on the version number three times, it will bring you to an elicited cough diagnosis menu. This is not medical advice or an official diagnosis; however, it displays exhibit options such as Influenza, COVID-19, Croup, and Tuberculosis.
And that’s Hyfe App!
Hyfe uses artificial intelligence to identify coughs. It counts every cough and allows you to compare and track your coughing over time. This gives you objective insights into your coughing and can help you monitor your health in the context of pollution, asthma, or even Covid19. Stay on top of your health by tracking your cough.
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