Swift Medical, American Medical Technologies, ProMedica, AmeriWound, Genesis HealthCare, Netsmart, Wound Care Education Institute and many others join forces to connect thousands of wound doctors, nurses, and experts to bring immediate telehealth relief to patients and alleviate health system capacity challenges.
CHICAGO, IL., April 14, 2020 PR Newswire – As COVID-19 spreads and increasing numbers of patients enter isolation, wound care clinics across the country are having to adjust their practice, many reducing hours or temporarily closing. This is limiting the ability for wound care providers to deliver traditional, in-person care to their patients.
If wound care clinics and travelling wound care providers are to continue providing care to their high-needs patients, they must embrace a new, virtual model of care in order to reach the more than 6.5 million Americans suffering from wounds – many now in isolation.
To address this challenge, forward-thinking leaders have come together to form the Telewound Coalition: a trusted, best-practice collective of clinical experts, healthcare providers and technology innovators working together to provide access to immediate, remote wound care throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The Coalition’s objectives are to ensure access and continuity of wound care, to preserve the health and safety of our most vulnerable patients and care providers, to prevent further spread of the virus, to decrease demand on personal protective equipment (PPE) and to alleviate hospital capacity pressures.
“We are only months into this pandemic and with no clear end in sight, the serious effects of delaying wound care need to be addressed in a strategic way,” says Carlo Perez, Founder and CEO of Swift Medical. “The innovative solutions we create today will not only ensure continuous and compassionate care now, but will also permanently shape the future of care delivery.”
The Coalition will directly support wound care clinics and travelling wound doctors and nurses by providing access to Swift Medical’s Telewound module to immediately enable them to furnish telehealth services to Swift Medical’s network of over 3,500 healthcare organizations across all 50 states. As this initiative scales, the Coalition’s members have the reach to enable connectivity to 80% of the beds in the US. For patients at home that cannot travel to their regular wound care clinic in-person, clinics can provide their patients access to a patient app to support secure, remote assessments and consultations from their home.
“We have a health system that spans the continuum of care across 28 states. The Coalition will enable us to virtually connect our thousands of providers with each other and their patients and provide care throughout COVID and beyond,” says Dr. Greg Kasper, President at ProMedica’s Jobst Vascular Institute.
Unlike traditional telehealth applications, virtual wound care requires a point-of-care imaging system that can consistently and accurately capture high-resolution, scientifically-calibrated images – and share these between the care team. With Swift Medical’s Telewound module, this initiative will allow wound care clinics and travelling wound providers to:
- Seamlessly transition to a virtual care workflow and continue to provide billable wound care services throughout COVID-19.
- Access a large, expanding pool of skilled nursing facilities and patients at home that require remote wound care services due to social distancing, self-isolation or quarantine.
- Protect the health and wellbeing of patients, skilled nursing staff and themselves by delivering wound care virtually.
- Provide ongoing wound management to allow patients to heal in place and mitigate potentially avoidable hospital admissions, which could be especially detrimental to patients and hospitals.
“Telehealth capabilities are essential to meeting the challenges of COVID-19,” states Dr. Richard Feifer, Chief Medical Officer of Genesis HealthCare. “This is especially important as we have limited all outside medical appointments across our network of skilled nursing facilities, except for those which are medically necessary and time sensitive such as dialysis and chemotherapy. It also allows providers to access patients even if they are not feeling well themselves or are in quarantine.”
The Coalition’s collaborative model will enable thousands of virtual visits a day, allowing wound care providers to continue delivering care across all care settings. Given the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic, the Coalition will continue to expand its membership and amass additional expertise, resources and capabilities needed to support patients and their providers throughout this crisis.
About the Telewound Coalition
The Telewound Coalition is a network of wound care experts and innovators assembled to provide ongoing, remote wound management. If your organization is interested in joining the Coalition, as either a healthcare provider in need of remote wound care or an organization who can support the delivery of remote wound care, please visit: www.telewoundnow.org