This is a very interesting article also related to the use of smartphones and telemedicine–wound care. The use of a smartphone camera can help the wound care doctor actually see, without being physically present with the patient, the condition of a healing wound. If any complications arise, the physician can see from the cell phone image, the condition that needs further attention. This is a remarkable technology, cell phone cameras, that are now moving into the forefront of telemedicine.
Here is an excerpt from the NIH website article:
The escalating physiological, psychological, social and financial burdens of wounds and wound care on patients, families and society demand the immediate attention of the health care sector. Many forces are affecting the changes in health care provision for patients with chronic wounds, including managed care, the limited number of wound care therapists, an increasingly aging and disabled population, regulatory and malpractice issues, and compromised care. The physician is also faced with a number of difficult issues when caring for chronic wound patients because their conditions are time consuming and high risk, represent an unprofitable part of care practice and raise issues of liability. Telemedicine enhances communication with the surgical wound care specialist. Digital image for skin lesions is a safe, accurate and cost-effective referral pathway.
To see the entire wound care and telemedicine article, go here.