Liked. WTN on Window Mobile platform improves care quality, significantly lowers cost. That might have been my tweet on Twitter. But here on HealthBlog I have the luxury of sharing much more about this innovative approach for managing patients with chronic, non-healing wounds.
Every clinician understands the challenges associated with wound care. The process is slow, time-consuming, complex, and expensive. Non-healing, ulcerations and wounds are associated with a variety of chronic conditions including diabetes, peripheral vascular disease and stasis. Non-healing wounds are also associated with immobility due to aging, injury, paralysis, or other co-morbid conditions. Many of these patients end up being hospitalized to treat secondary infections, or to provide the intensive regime needed to heal chronic ulcerations or wounds. Hospitalization itself is risky as it exposes these susceptible patients to dangers they might not otherwise encounter in their home environment such as MRSA.
I was therefore delighted to learn about the good work being done by Wound Technology Network using the Windows Mobile platform. As described on the company’s web site;
Wound Technology Network is a physician-based system, with a revolutionary new program that benefits patients, doctors and healthcare payers. WTN is the Nation’s only physician network-based telehealth comprehensive wound management system.
WTN designed a technological platform that vertically integrates a network system of wound healing services. This technological platform allows WTN to deliver all the advantages of physician-based services across the entire continuum of care. WTN achieves this through consistent utilization and adherence to evidence based clinical care, implemented across a digital infrastructure. The system has markedly decreased healing times as well as the costs of quality care with dramatically improved outcomes.
What I especially like is WTN’s use of mobile phones and cellular networks to connect wound care providers to expert resources and specialists. Windows Mobile devices help caregivers capture information at the point of care, transmit data and incorporate it into the medical record for continuity of care, and support caregiver collaboration with two-way audio and video streaming.
To help you understand how Windows Mobile supports WTN and their network of would care specialists, we’ve prepared a video (click on image above) . As they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. And, having a moving picture (even if on a tiny screen) is breaking new boundaries in the provision of advanced wound care services for patients. Special thanks to Hemang Patel, mobile solutions specialist, Microsoft Health and Life Sciences, for his collaborative work with WTN.
Bill Crounse, MD Senior Director, Worldwide Health Microsoft Corporation