Friday, December 5, 2008

New Wound Care Camera Computes Area of Wound

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, IP2Biz announced that a prototype wound measurement camera is being tested by wound specialty nurses at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The handheld device determines and captures wound boundaries and wound area using proprietary software and low-cost hardware. The device provides fast, accurate and repeatable digital documentation of wound progression, a necessary component to validate payment from insurance and government agencies.

The Shepherd Center is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit hospital that focuses on medical care and rehabilitation for patients requiring highly-specialized care. Nurses using the device say that “the device easily fits in your hands, can be operated with just a click and gives us confidence that the measurements can be repeated consistently. It is a great improvement over our current methods.” The technology development was led by Stephen Sprigle, Associate Professor of Applied Physiology and Industrial Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

“We designed the device to address a key and growing need in wound management,” said Sprigle. “Our goal was to provide a low-cost, easy-to-use device that used the latest technology to provide measurements of the area of the wound.” The device does not require patient contact, thus providing maximum infection control. The simple design is intuitive to use and requires minimal training, thus making it ideal for use in a wide range of environments, including homecare.

Dr. John Hitt of IP2Biz sees a growing need for wound management. “Hospitals, rehabilitation clinics and specialized care centers all need to address the increasing requirements for pay-for-performance healthcare,” says Hitt. “This device enables healthcare providers to consistently document healing and meet validation requirements from Medicare/Medicaid and insurance agencies.” The technology is licensed exclusively to IP2Biz from the Georgia Tech Research Corporation.

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