Wearables: Useful Sentinels of Our Health?

Matthew S. Austin provides his perspective on the usefulness of wearable technology as an early indicator of illness for military personnel in a COVID-19 pandemic environment. While the technology does not provide a direct diagnosis, it can be used as a tool to isolate potentially infected and infectious members. Austin discusses the pros and cons of how to implement the use of this technology along with some of the policy considerations.

About the Speaker

Matthew S. Austin is a Commander (CDR) in the U.S. Coast Guard with over 17 years of experience in counterterrorism, search and rescue, and law enforcement operations. Early in his career, he served as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCG Cutter BEAR (WMEC-901). He later helped develop the Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Response Team, the Coast Guard’s premier counterterrorism unit under the newly established Deployable Specialized Forces. As an aviator, CDR Austin conducted search and rescue operations while assigned to Air Station New Orleans, LA, and executed multinational counternarcotic interdiction missions as a Helicopter Interdiction Tactical member Squadron, based in Jacksonville, Florida. CDR Austin served two years as a military fellow with the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee before reporting to his current assignment as the Executive Officer of Air Station / Sector Field Office Port Angeles, WA. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with an undergraduate degree in Government and is a student at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security Studies. He may be reached at Matthew.Austin@nps.edu.