New digital wound management solutions are being launched that uses a smartphone camera as a medical device.
FREMONT, CA: Digital wound management solutions are being used by doctors and nurses to measure and document chronic wounds digitally. Companies have one-of-a-kind capabilities on using computer vision technology to turn the everyday smartphone into products that ease the existing clinical pathways. Following the success of the digital urinalysis product, the second product tackles the lack of documentation and data-driven decision making in the wound care space. With the help of a smartphone app and two calibration stickers placed around a wound to track dimensions, the clinical staff can scan the wound and get a measurement very quickly. Instead of simply taking an image, the technology builds a 3D image.
Beyond the imaging component, companies have enabled the digitization of best practice guidelines for wound documentation. The nurses can key in different qualitative and quantitative features of a wound, including location and pain level. They can also record an administered treatment plan, reference past treatment, check previous photos, and formulate a report summarising the wound. This data is uploaded to the clinical record so that all clinicians in the care of the patient can see it.
The solution is currently being used by Care City and at the national GP partnership Modality Partnership's Wokingham Medical Centre. Nurses were using the chronic wound management solution app and said that it had made a significant impact.
The app has allowed the patients to feel confident that their wounds are being tracked with photographs. They are also able to look at the photos and understand the progression or deterioration of their wound so that we can discuss treatment together.
Having the wound's photographs has given us the chance to review wounds and think about wound care before the patient even enters the room.
By streamlining the documentation and providing measurements of the wound over time, this solution can promote evidence-based care decisions. This solution will empower overburdened nurses to objectively and consistently monitor their patients more efficiently throughout treatment.