Healthy.io, a creator of smartphone urinalysis, has launched a digital wound management solution, as an extension to its clinical-grade colour recognition products.
The solution is the company’s second product line, created to assist healthcare professionals in evaluating chronic wounds and track their progress over time.
The company states that the existing method for measuring and documenting chronic wounds is inconsistent and rudimentary, as nurses make measurements using more basic tools such as paper rules.
Healthy.io founder and CEO Yonatan Adiri said: “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. Our expertise, robust partnerships, and track record in clinical-grade image and colour recognition position us to make a significant impact on this market.”
Chronic wounds impact 6.5 million people in the US, costing over $25bn a year.
The solution works by using a smartphone app and two calibration stickers placed around an injury to track dimensions. This process enables healthcare professionals to scan the wound for rapid and effective measurement.
Healthy.io stated that the technology develops a 3D image of the wound, allowing complete documentation. The smartphone app measures wounds and captures standardised visual records over time, removing human error and inconsistency in current approaches due to subjective analysis and inaccurate measurement.
Wokingham Medical Centre clinical lead nurse Gill Cooper said: “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.”
In December, Healthy.io registered its digital wound management solution with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).