SALT LAKE CITY – Intermountain Healthcare is changing the way it monitors chronic wounds with technology from Tissue Analytics.
Tissue Analytics allows clinicians to measure a wound using a mobile app and a cloud-based platform. They can snap a photo of the wound and, through a set of algorithms, record data about its shape and color.
“This technology allows us to put the patient at the center of the care,” said Todd Dunn, director of innovation at Intermountain Healthcare, a nonprofit health system based here. “We feel like this is our next evolution.”
Intermountain Healthcare began the process of integrating the Tissue Analytics software last year when it rolled out a proof-of-concept study, followed by a 16-week pilot in several of the health system’s clinics. The software is now integrated with Intermountain’s Cerner electronic health record system, across 22 hospitals, eight outpatient wound clinics and its home care program.
Point-of-care data is stored in the cloud for access by doctors or nurses to track the wound’s progress and make recommendations.
“We have a number of organizations using this technology, including visiting nurse associations and home health care agencies,” said Dr. Gabriel Brat, co-founder of Tissue Analytics. “It is designed to be intuitive and easy to use across the continuum of care.”
Brat explained that when it comes to the wound monitoring space, home health care and inpatient care have historically been separate.
“We knew we needed to integrate the communication and tracking across all spaces,” he said.
Dunn said that integrating the Tissue Analytics software is helping Intermountain Healthcare gain a more longitudinal understanding of the wound and makes their team—from home health care to outpatient clinic to inpatient care—more coordinated.
“We’ll be able to provide more timely, integrated care and we believe the healing times of wounds will improve,” he said.