NHS Wales Innovation: new wound care technology for improved outpatient care
The latest digital innovation for NHS Wales: An app that supports smartphones and tablets to accurately scan wounds and monitor healing remotely.
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NHS Wales is piloting a new wound care app that equips district nurses to scan patients’ wounds during home visits.
Created by global technology company Healthy.io, the technology allows district nurses to share images securely allowing clinical staff to assess patients remotely. The app integrates with existing software on smartphones and tablets to turn the devices’ camera into a lab-grade diagnostic scanner.
The images captured by the device are shared on a secure digital portal accessed by clinical staff, who can then remotely assess and monitor the wounds and provide digital consultation services for patients.
Speaking at the QNI Digital Innovation event, Katherine Ward, Chief Commercial Officer, Healthy IO, said:
“It’s a five-second scan with the phone that’s in your pocket, there’s no additional equipment to carry around and no additional costs. That scan creates a 3D image of the wound, that generates an automated measurement of the wound, as well as an identification of tissue type using colour.
“This allows there to be a realtime dashboard approach that shows by patient and by caseload what’s going on with the wound. It allows red flags (to be raised) for further assessment and opens up the communication between those in the field and those in a clinic or a hospital.”
The eight-month project was launched in early October and is currently being rolled out in Swansea Bay University Health Board across Swansea Bay and Neath Port Talbot using funds from the Welsh Government’s Digital Solutions Fund (DSF), coordinated by Digital Health Ecosystem Wales (DHEW).
At present, wound care services present a significant resource requirement, and account for approximately six per cent (£330million) of NHS Wales’s annual budget.
Inaccurate assessment of wounds can lead to unnecessary follow-up visits and outpatient appointments, straining clinical capacity and causing delays for patients accessing services.
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