Mobile Navigation Menu Icon. 3 horizontal gold bars.

Oakland University

(location map)
(248) 370-2100

Oakland University

(location map)
(248) 370-2100

A student wearing a mask, holding a BioButton device close up to the camera.


Oakland University is invested in doing everything possible to protect the health and safety of our campus community.

Toward this end, we have created “Grizzlies Protect Grizzlies: Healthy Together,” a comprehensive plan for safe operations on campus. This plan involves both mitigating the risk of the COVID-19 virus spreading in our community and also working to avoid a virus outbreak on campus. Reducing the spread of the virus is done through mandatory face coverings and ensuring the ability for proper social distancing on campus. One component of the plan to help avoid a campus outbreak is the strategic use of advanced technology as a means to protect our campus.

We spent months searching for ALL possible ways to protect our community. We identified the BioButton as the best possible tool to supplement the other measures identified in the Grizzlies Protect Grizzlies plan. Oakland University is among the first universities in the nation to utilize the cutting-edge technology. Buttons are available now for pickup. See below for locations and times. Questions on distribution can be sent to

  • At Oakland University, we are committed to maintaining a safe campus.
  • The “Grizzlies Protect Grizzlies: Healthy Together” plan includes the strategic use of an advanced technology device called the BioButton. The BioButton is non-invasive, maintains your privacy, and, when worn properly, gives peace of mind that we’re all taking every possible precaution to guard against the spread of COVID-19.
  • Oakland University is the first university in the country to use the BioButton — which is a state-of-the-art, wearable device, about the size of a quarter, that continuously measures the wearer’s temperature, respiratory rate, and heart rate.
  • I’m planning to wear one. And, members of the Oakland University leadership team are committed to wearing one, too.
  • And, while it’s not mandatory that you wear one, we have thoroughly considered the benefits of the device, and we are certain that it is in the best health and safety interest of the entire Oakland University community that you wear one, too.
  • I hope that you will, and I hope that you’ll see that the benefits of wearing a BioButton, which we will provide to you at no cost, really out weight the benefits of not wearing one.
  • Think of it this way:
    • Would you want to know at the earliest possible moment if you were at risk for a COVID-19 infection?
    • That information could not only help you minimize the effects of a COVID-19 infection, but this information is critical in minimizing the spread and transmission of this highly contagious virus.
  • Along with wearing a face covering, social distancing, and maintaining a rigorous hand-washing routine, wearing the BioButton, we believe, is a timely, effective, and much-needed preventative measure.
  • So, I bet you’re wondering, how it works.
  • Well, what you do is you attach this quarter-size button to your chest right near your left shoulder.
  • And then, the BioButton continuously measures temperature, respiratory rate, and heart rate. And once a baseline is established, then you would be alerted if there is any unusual variation that might indicate that you possibly have a COVID-19 infection.
  • The BioButton works through the BioMobile iOS or Android app.
  • The data from the BioButton go into the BioCloud, where algorithms determine whether or not your data correlate with those who are consistent with a COVID-19 infection rates.
    • The system also uses information that you provide through a set of daily screening questions, which may also indicate the possibility of an infection.
    • The system then, privately combines your BioButton data and answers to your screening questions and sends you, on a daily basis, whether or not you are “cleared” or you are “not cleared.” And then you are informed whether you are allowed to be in class, or at work, and whether you can participate in campus activities.
    • If you are not cleared, then the Graham Health Center will follow up with you to determine what you need to do next.
  • We have taken measures to make sure that your data in the BioCloud remain private and secure. And only you are informed about your own specific data.

Contact Tracing

  • There’s one more important feature of wearing the BioButton. It allows for efficient and effective contact tracing, a proven public health method that minimizes the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
  • BioButton wearers will be alerted if they came into prolonged contact with another wearer who has tested positive, or who the Graham Health Center strongly suspects is COVID-19 positive.
    • This notification is not based on GPS or any other location tracking.
    • Rather, the alert is based on Bluetooth recognition of the proximity. Someone whose come within 15 feet of someone else who is wearing the BioButton for longer than 30 minutes.
    • And even if you don’t wear your BioButton but you’re simply carry it with you, or have it on your phone, the contact tracing function still works.
    • So, we are very excited about having this with us at Oakland University.
  • Each one of us must be committed to doing everything that we can to make Oakland University safe for students, for faculty and staff.
  • Each one of us has to do our part. And we believe that by wearing the BioButton we will have an extra special and crucial prevention tool that’s in addition to all of the other very important measures that we must practice when you are on campus. So,
    • Wear a face-covering.
    • Practice social distancing.
    • Wash your hands often.
    • And, we strongly recommend that you wear a BioButton.
  • “Grizzlies Protect Grizzlies”… let’s make sure we stay healthy together.
Primary uses of BioButton
  1. The BioButton is a COVID-19 screening wearable device for effortless vital sign measurement of skin temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate at rest that may indicate the signs and symptoms of a COVID-19 infectious process.
  2. The BioButton solution combines a convenient downloadable iOS and Android mobile application for daily health surveys, that align with CDC guidelines, to generate a ‘Clear’ or ‘Not Clear’ notification.
  3. BioButton wearers are in sole control of their data and Oakland University program administrators will only have access to the ‘Clear’ or ‘Not Clear’ status to help manage the health of the OU community.
  4. It also leverages Bluetooth technology to enable contact tracing without geo-location privacy concerns to assist in creating a safe Golden Grizzly environment for our valued students, faculty and staff.
What is the BioButton?
A white button with a blue power button on it and two additional symbols.

The BioIntelliSense BioButton is a coin-sized, state-of-the art wearable device that is designed to be worn discretely and comfortably on the upper left chest. It continuously measures skin temperature, respiratory rate, and heart rate at rest vital sign trends that may indicate the signs and symptoms of a COVID-19 infectious process.

Capabilities include the following:

  • An effortless “stick on” application and wearing experience
  • An electronic BioReport, in PDF format, that will be securely delivered to the email provided during the BioMobile registration process to visualize your data.
  • The BioButtono may be disposed of at the conclusion of a 30-day wear period. Instructions will be provided on how to request and/or receive a replacement BioButton for continuous use.

Important Notice: The BioButton is a screening tool only for symptoms associated with COVID-19; it is not intended for diagnosis or to replace a diagnostic test for the virus.

How it works

The BioButton continuously measures skin temperature, respiratory rate, and heart rate at rest. This vital sign trending may identify subtle, statistical changes that may indicate the signs and symptoms of a COVID-19 infectious process.

The use of the BioButton is voluntary. The downloaded BioMobile iOS and Android application enables the BioButton to sync via Bluetooth with the BioButton wireless device (Android 9 or higher is required for the BioButton app). A standard mobile-based registration and account creation process allows a user to accept and acknowledge the BioButton Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The BioButton data is combined with a mobile-based daily health survey, that aligns with CDC guidelines, to generate a ‘Clear’ or ‘Not Clear’ notification.

If you receive a ‘Not Cleared’ notification, don’t worry. A staff member form the Graham Health Center will contact you and provide guidance on the appropriate follow-up actions.

How would I wear the device?

The BioButton packaging includes instructions for use and replaceable medical-grade adhesives for self-application to the upper left chest, approximately two inches below the collar bone. The adhesive can be replaced every seven days or when it loosens from the skin. 

For additional information, please refer to the instructions for use that accompany the device and watch the BioButton instructional video.

How can I receive a BioButton?

The BioButton will be available on a voluntary basis and are subject to consent. On-campus distribution will be available at the Oakland Center, Hillcrest and Vandenberg Halls (Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.), and the Recreation Center (Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–7 p.m.). A Grizz ID number and Grizz card is required for pickup. The first wave of BioButton availability will focus on those who may be deemed at highest risk of exposure (i.e. athletes, resident hall students and staff). However, all members of the OU community are eligible to receive the device. Bring your Grizz ID number and Grizz ID card to a distribution location to receive the device.

Where do the data (information) from the BioButton go?

The data is privately and securely transmitted to the BioCloud for advanced analytics and the generation of a BioReport for a wearer to visualize their vital sign data trends.

Who gets my information?

Only you have access to your detailed health information. As is the case with the university’s Daily Health Assessment, Graham Health Center will only see whether the user's risk status is CLEARED or NOT CLEARED. If you are not cleared, Graham Health Center will follow up with you regarding what you may need to do next.

As is the case with the University’s Daily Health Assessment, Graham Health Center will only see whether your risk status is CLEARED or NOT CLEARED. If you are not cleared, Graham Health Center will follow up with you regarding what you may need to do next.

Is my information protected?

Your individual data are privacy-protected. The Bluetooth data are encrypted, as are the data that reside in the BioCloud, so your information is both private and secured.

Who should wear the BioButton?

Oakland University recommends that all students, faculty, and staff wear the BioButton. Subject to availability, we especially recommend that ALL students residing in University Housing and Student Athletes wear the BioButton devices and complete the daily health surveys to help manage the health of the Golden Grizzly community. OU encourages wearing the device over the OU winter break, when exposure to people beyond the OU campus is even more possible.

What if I don’t want to wear a BioButton?

It is not mandatory to wear a BioButton device.

We are strongly encouraging use of the BioButton solution because it enhances our broader strategy to monitor the safety of OU campus and the community. We believe it is among the many ways we are keeping you and others safe. However, even if you don’t want to wear the BioButton, there is value in carrying it with you when you are on campus because it can assist with contact tracing.

What is contact tracing and how does it work?

The BioButton device offers a unique capability to report proximity of one BioButton device to another and duration of potential high-risk exposure without geo-location privacy concerns. This cutting-edge technology delivers specificity in enabling a rapid response to infection spread, while reducing the administrative burden associated with traditional methods of contact tracing management.

If you are wearing or carrying the BioButton, Graham Health Center will be able to alert you if you came in prolonged (30 minutes or more) contact with someone who was wearing the BioButton and who has tested positive for COVID-19. Importantly, the BioButton does not use GPS or track your location. The device only monitors whether it is within Bluetooth distance (about 15 feet) from another BioButton device.

Do I have to pay for the BioButton?

There is no cost and no fees to wear a BioButton. OU will distribute the BioButton at no charge to students, faculty and staff who choose to wear or carry the device.

How can I learn more?

More information about the BioButton remote monitoring technology can be found on the Intellisense website.