National Wound Healing Centre uses digital pens to track patient outcomes

Combination of Anoto pens and TELER system used to monitor patient progress

National Wound Healing Centres (WHC), a clinic specialising in woundcare, is using Anoto digital pens and TELERwoundcare measurements from Longhand Data to report patient progress digitally back to its headquarters.

The WHC was established in 1999 to treat complex wounds. It plans a treatment course that results in the complete healing of a patient’s wounds through the use of state-of-the-art assessment technologies and treatments.

The service is provided under the Any Qualified Provider (AQP) scheme, in which patients and GPs will be able to choose from a range of approved providers, such as hospitals and specialist centres. The WHC achieved its AQP contract as it employs a team of specialists who have extensive expertise in treating painful and difficult wounds.

When it comes to assessing patients, it is important that we capture as much information on their condition as possible

During the course of treatment, a WHC specialist assesses each patient’s wounds and documents the progress and condition of the wound on paper embedded with Anoto’s patented dot pattern. It is then transmitted to the Longhand Data’s TELERwoundcare system, which uses intricate measurements that are individual to each patient so that the WHC can appropriately grade each patient’s wounds, their levels of comfort, and the effectiveness of the treatment.

“When it comes to assessing patients, it is important that we capture as much information on their condition as possible,” said WHC founder and managing director, Sylvie Hampton.

“We often find that patients want to keep hold of their notes, so it is important that we have an instant electronic copy that we can keep on file and use to analyse the information in detail. The digital pen from Anoto makes this possible and, combined with the TELER system, we can apply intricate analytics to the patients’ data and use it to design a successful treatment plan as well as track the effectiveness of the prescribed treatment.”

Currently, the WHC is using the digital pens primarily at its Eastbourne headquarters, but with home patient visits becoming more common, the clinic is looking to extend the digital pens to its patients’ homes, so that they can report their own condition on a daily basis.

“TELER has been designed to provide organisations such as the Wound Healing Centre with a defined measurement system that is individual to each patient,” said Roger Young, managing director at Longhand Data.

Write live technology is transforming the way wound treatment is monitored. By combining it with technologies such as TELER, clinicians are able to design the best possible care path for all patients

“The WHC works with severe and difficult wounds that require a lot of monitoring and care. The Anoto digital pens directly transmit all the information from the forms to our TELER system, which allows the WHC to accurately monitor patients throughout the entire healing process.”

Robert Blakewell, general manager at Anoto, added: “Wounds can cause patients a lot of pain and discomfort, but the work of the WHC sets patients on the path to recovery. By combining its highly-skilled staff with the latest technological advancements, the WHC is now at the forefront of woundcare in the UK.

“Write live technology is transforming the way wound treatment is monitored. By combining it with technologies such as TELER, clinicians are able to design the best possible care path for all patients.”

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