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15 December 2021: Articles

A 57-Year-Old Man with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and a Chronic Foot Ulcer Successfully Managed with a Remote Patient-Facing Wound Care Smartphone Application

Unusual setting of medical care

Ling Yuan Kong * , Jose Luis Ramirez-GarciaLuna * , Robert D. J. Fraser A , Sheila C. Wang A*

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.933879

Am J Case Rep 2021; 22:e933879

Figure 1. Patient wound imaging, measurements, and progression tracking using the Swift Medical™ Skin and Wound App and Dashboard. (A) Example image of patient wound, taken using the Skin and Wound app. The app uses an adhesive fiducial marker (HealX™ calibrant), a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, 1996 (HIPAA)-compliant, FDA and Health Canada certified Class I medical device placed next to the wound to automatically focus and acquire high-quality images, calibrate for color, lighting, and distancing when imaging. Note the image’s color calibration and focus. AI is used to automatically define the wound’s surface area (expanded box with wound area artificially shaded in green). All images are encrypted and stored in secure, cloud-based servers. (B) Screen shot showing wound-related metrics calculated by Skin and Wound app’s AI. (C) Image of wound-bed-related information taken from the dashboard. The app enables remote monitoring of high-risk individuals, offering insights into the healing process, including the tissue type present and its area. Patient identifiers (eg, name and unit number) are also accessible through the app’s dashboard, and treatment advice and care-related communications can be provided directly to the patient. (D) Human silhouette accessible through the HIPAA-compliant Skin and Wound healthcare provider dashboard showing the anatomical location of the wound, imaged by the patient.

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American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923
American Journal of Case Reports eISSN: 1941-5923