Wound care in the future would involve a host of advanced technologies that will empower medical facilities, as well as patients.
FREMONT, CA: The applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the field of medicine is making rapid progress. Healthcare providers now have the opportunity to put to use solutions that make use of AI to determine and diagnose diseases. Be it the identification of rashes and lesions, or the measurement and analysis of wounds, digital solutions backed by AI are redefining wound care capabilities.
Imaging technologies like color duplex ultrasound scanning are enabling wound care providers to have more accuracy in diagnosing and confirming wounds. The analysis of radiology images another useful application of AI in wound care. As a cognitive assistant, AI-backed programs can assist clinicians in diagnosing injuries faster and correctly by considering critical metrics like levels of exudates, protease, and bacterial burden. With AI, it is possible to analyze information from a patient's file and examine them with clinical guidelines and historical data. It can also support care providers in comparing different medicines, assessing the risks of healing methods, and predicting clinical outcomes. Together, these capabilities can help identify optimized treatment plans for individual patients.
AI-based solutions can be beneficial for patients having persistent wounds, as they capture most of the information from in-person consultations conducted at home or clinics. This is more convenient for remote patients staying in rural areas, as they can avoid long commutes to wound care facilities. AI-powered apps and devices can provide remote monitoring, allowing care providers to follow-up care with sufficient information and insights. Virtual healthcare assistants are now available for patients and are eliminating constraints of location and timing by offering customized wound care solutions.
When coupled with wearable technology, AI can evaluate the progress in treatment, compare it with the alternative treatment plans prescribed by physicians, and then present lifestyle recommendations based on the individual needs and habits. Such round-the-clock, proactive and personalized health management will make it possible for AI to prevent the occurrence of chronic wounds.