Swift Skin and Wound: How a smartphone app is revolutionizing wound care
TORONTO, On, February 12th, 2019. A smartphone app that digitizes wound measurement, imaging and tracking is transforming wound care with its ability to reduce pressure ulcer prevalence by as much as 77% and to significantly impact clinical management and patient outcomes.
The app, called Swift Skin and Wound, is the leading digital wound care solution that’s helping to heal more than 10,000 wounds a month in over 1,000 healthcare facilities throughout the United States.
“It really is revolutionizing wound care,” says Carlo Perez, CEO of Swift Medical Inc. “The old way of measuring and documenting wounds with paper rulers and handwritten notes is often inaccurate and inconsistent, not to mention uncomfortable for patients. With Swift Skin and Wound, doctors and nurses can put away their paper rulers and instead use smartphones or tablets provided by their healthcare organization.”
“I am very impressed with the Swift Wound app,” says Dr. Desmond Bell, a certified wound specialist and doctor of podiatric medicine in Jacksonville, Florida “User error issues and guesswork regarding wound documentation are a thing of the past, and the information that is accessible with its use is quite remarkable.”
Accurate measurement and tracking are critical to the healing and management of chronic wounds, which affects more people than the combined total of patients with lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and leukemia. Swift Skin and Wound achieves industry-leading precision through three key components:
- The Swift App, a smartphone-ready program that captures wound measurement, images and data without touching the wound. Using the Swift App is as easy as taking a picture.
- The Swift HealX, an FDA-registered adhesive marker that calibrates wound images for size, color and lighting.
- Swift Dashboards that provide real-time views of critical data such as patients at risk of deteriorating or developing new wounds, staff compliance to wound care protocols and effectiveness of care improvement initiatives.
Teays Valley Center, a 128-bed skilled nursing facility in Hurricane, W. Va., implemented the Swift app in early 2017 as part of a wound care quality improvement initiative that included a root cause analysis and the creation of a coordinator role dedicated to skin integrity.
Within a year of implementing Swift Skin and Wound, Teays Valley Center saw its pressure ulcer prevalence decline to as low as 2.9% in the fourth quarter of 2017– a 77% improvement from the prevalence rate of 12.99% during the same period in 2016. These findings were presented in December 2018 at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, held in Orlando, Florida.
In addition to providing clinicians and healthcare professionals with a better way to measure and track wounds, Swift Skin and Wound improves wound healing by getting patients to be more engaged in their care. In a news story published last December, Montreal’s McGill University Health Centre chief of orthopaedic surgery Dr. Greg Berry said the ability to see images of their wound over time makes a big difference for patients..
“I can concretely show them that what we are doing is working,” Dr. Berry says in the article. “They get on board and are more devoted to the treatment plan because they see it is successful.”
A pilot project using Swift Skin and Wound in a major network of U.S. hospitals is now underway. The Swift App is also currently being tested for use in telehealth consultations by the Cree Board of Health of Social Services of James Bay, which serves a remote community in Canada’s northern Quebec region.
Swift is the world leader in digital wound care management, delivering advanced wound care visualization and touchless measurement through its smartphone-ready Swift Skin and Wound software. Swift streamlines clinical and administrative wound care management workflows, from image capture and automatic risk scoring to assessment scheduling and claims submission. Today, Skin and Wound is in use by more than 1,000 healthcare facilities to monitor over 100,000 patients and streamline over $1 billion in reimbursements. To learn how Swift has digitized and transformed wound care, visit swiftmedical.com.