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December 7, 2021updated 07 Jan 2022 8:21am

Coviu develops AI-based digital wound care toolkit

Development of the new Digital Wound Care toolkit is backed by the Australian Federal Government’s Medical Research Future Fund.

Australian telehealth company Coviu is developing a new artificial intelligence (AI)-based digital toolkit to transform wound care.

The company is working in collaboration with The University of Sydney, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australian Unity, Western New South Wales (NSW) Primary Health Network, and The University of Technology Sydney.

Development of the new Digital Wound Care toolkit, which is backed by the Australian Federal Government’s Medical Research Future Fund, is scheduled to commence next year.

The company stated that the new range of digital tools will serve as a ‘one-stop shop’ for physicians treating wounds.

Through AI-powered mobile imaging, physicians will be able to analyse and monitor wounds remotely.

They will evaluate vital sign metrics, such as respiratory rate and patient heartbeat, from a video feed.

The remote access to wound data will help clinicians make decisions regarding wound management based on significant changes that may indicate infection as well as the patient’s body response to the wound or medication.

Coviu clinical research lead Dr Annie Banbury said: “The wound care digital toolkit gives us an enormous opportunity to make a difference to the health and quality of life of aged care residents.

“It will support clinicians, such as GPs, to make data-informed clinical decisions for wound care during a telehealth video call.

“It will also allow more clinicians to provide high-quality wound care to residential aged care settings. The toolkit will continue building Coviu’s AI digital tools to support health care providers.”

The company stated that telehealthcare will be helpful in residential aged care facilities where older people are more susceptible to chronic wound infection due to age-related factors and comorbidities.

The new toolkit will be made available for customers through the Coviu platform in 2026.

In 2019, Royal Philips expanded its radiology solutions portfolio with new teleradiology services to increase access to precision diagnoses.

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