From our colleagues at MedGadget:
Filed under: Telemedicine
Wound patients typically get lots of care at home, either from visiting nurses or from home care providers. Now technology is coming to even this forgotten medical market. And not surprisingly, it is mobile phone technology with backing from a big gun: AT&T. What we know is that the Wound Technology Network, a telehealth-based wound management service, is giving out HTC smart phones equipped with iVisit software to many of its providers for sending images back to specialists for remote analysis:
Under a two year agreement with AT&T, Wound Technology Network will equip its clinical staff including physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants across South Florida and Southern California with HTC FUZE™ smart mobile devices when providing care in patient’s homes. Clinical staff will use the devices to access an application developed by iVisit which creates videoconferencing tools for mobile devices and PCs and speak live with a wound care specialist at Wound Technology Network’s tele-health center who will assist them to assess the patients’ wounds and perform the necessary treatment. To aid in the treatment process, clinical staff will also capture images of the patient’s wounds using the HTC FUZE™ and transmit the images to the wound care specialists to upload onto an electronic medical record which is immediately faxed to the patient’s primary care physician.