This is a second product line for Healthy.io. The company reports that a massive burden, chronic wounds affect 6.5 million people in the U.S., costing more than $25 billion annually. The aging population and an increase in chronic disease, such as obesity and diabetes, will further compound the chronic wound problem.
The current method for measuring and documenting chronic wounds is inconsistent and rudimentary. Measurement by nurses is done with basic tools like paper rulers, and it is difficult to share and track results over time. This can lead to incorrect treatment, prolonged healing times, and growing distress for patients.
“Nurses, already overextended, are on the front line of wound care and are the real heroes but the tools they are using today haven’t changed in decades. We believe this is the heart of the problem and why we have created a solution that will help them accurately track wound progress over time,” said Yonatan Adiri, founder and CEO of Healthy.io. “Our expertise, robust partnerships, and track record in clinical grade image and color recognition position us to make a significant impact on this market.”
Using a smartphone app and two calibration stickers placed around a wound to track dimensions, nurses can now scan the wound and get a measurement quickly and effectively. Healthy.io’s technology builds a 3D image, enabling more comprehensive documentation. The app measures wounds and captures standardized visual records over time, eliminating human error and discrepancies that are common in today’s methods due to subjective analysis and inaccurate measurement.
“The biggest impact for us is having photographs of the wound. It has given us the chance to review wounds and to think about wound care before the patient even enters the room,” says Gill Cooper, clinical lead nurse at Wokingham Medical Centre in the United Kingdom, where the solution is being used.
How do nurses use Healthy.io’s solution?
- Use the app and two calibration stickers to scan the wound for measurement.
- Provide qualitative and quantitative characteristics of the wound, such as location, wound type, pain level, odor, exudate, and more.
- Document administered treatment plan.
- Reference past treatment and photos.
- Create reports summarizing wound progress.
The product, which is also CE marked, is currently being used at Care City and Modality Partnership’s Wokingham Medical Center in the United Kingdom.
1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2810192/ Accessed January 7, 2020.