Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Wound Care Simplified with Digital Health and Remote Monitoring in 2023

Healthcare is not untouched by technology, when it comes to high-quality care for patients during resource cuts and shortages, said GlobalData on Monday.

The covid-19 pandemic plays a big role in the rapid development of digital health applications and remote monitoring of patients’ health, as per Data and Analytics company. When it comes to wound care, the technology existed even before the pandemic, but it happened only after the pandemic that health monitoring tools came into adoption.

This is due to the global adoption of technology in healthcare, which has caused the integration of wound care with technology, as per GlobalData. 

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Digital health apps have this property where healthcare workers and patients can interact in the same space, for health updates, without having to visit each other in person. It goes both ways, patients maintain their health records on the monitoring devices and clinicians keep track of the recorded data and make decisions accordingly.

According to Ashley Clarke (Medical Analyst at Global Data), “Remote monitoring and health apps provide convenient and accessible care, especially to those with limited mobility or chronic conditions, like chronic wounds. They help to cut down on non-essential in-person visits or can help supplement care when visits are postponed or reduced, like during peak COVID or in the current health worker shortage. They can also be used to track patient adherence to at-home treatment plans. This improvement in home healthcare adds confidence that patients are discharged from hospitals safely and will help to reduce hospital readmission rates.”

Digital health records can include interviews, images, or text-based recorded health information, as per GlobalData. An added advantage is accessibility, not just one but multiple healthcare professionals can access the patient’s records. Which can help them in collective assessment and plan of care and hence the quality of care.

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“Image/video resolution has been a shortfall of patient-collected data in the past. Now, most people have smartphones that have decent-quality cameras. Digital health platforms often provide educational tools for patients and employ artificially intelligent (AI) software, both of which can be used to ensure that quality images, videos, and data are submitted,” Clarke said.

As per GlobalData, healthcare can be coupled with AI software, to detect worsening conditions beforehand. AI scopes can be used in the prediction of pressure wounds, their location, and severity, temperature, and continuous measurement of wound size and color. All of this can help identify infection.

“Research in 2023 is also investigating ‘smart’ technology that enables real-time wound measurement, assessment, and treatment. These devices are controlled with smartphones and activated remotely, like ‘smart’ bandages that sense temperature and stimulate the wound to encourage healing and prevent infection. These proactive and assistive devices will be key to supplementing the efforts of healthcare workers and preventing the healthcare system from becoming over-burdened,” Clarke added. 

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Palak Sharma
Palak Sharma
I am Palak, born and brought up in Himachal Pradesh. An introvert by nature who loves writing more than speaking. I do it often to express myself, to entrain myself, and to feel meaningful. While enjoying this world of words I ended up being part of a published anthology 'Blooming skies' with my poem 'On the day of devastation'. I love this concept of written words living on a paper till the end of time, they give me a sense eternity.

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