ARANZ Medical takes to the road with Silhouette

Christchurch-based medical device firm ARANZ Medical is taking part in a road trip across the US organised by distribution partner Iron Bow Technologies to showcase telehealth innovations to the US Department of Veterans' Affairs.

ARANZ Medical signed an agreement with Iron Bow in September last year to market and sell its Silhouette wound surveillance system to US government customers including the VA, the country's largest healthcare provider.

Iron Bow is hosting ARANZ Medical and other partners including Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, Cisco and Samsung on its Telehealth Education Delivered (TED) truck, which is aiming to make 200 stops across the country, including at 150 VA hospitals.

The TED truck is equipped with technologies that enable telehealth in a range of areas including mental health, rural health, surgery, wound care, audiology, primary care, non-invasive cardio and dermatology.

ARANZ Medical CEO Bruce Davey said Silhouette's inclusion on TED with some of the biggest international technology and medical brands was recognition of the value of telehealth in wound care.

"Many patients with wounds are in remote or rural locations, or receiving care in the home,” Dr Davey said in a statement. “Being able to assess their wounds at a distance can save providers significant amounts of money, and minimise the discomfort to patients.”

Silhouette is an FDA-approved advanced wound surveillance, 3D measurement and documentation system providing accurate wound information to support better wound care management.

It includes a laser-based portable wound camera that to take accurate, hands-free measurements of the size, depth and volume of wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers and venous leg ulcers.

Wound assessment information is taken at the point of care and uploaded to a secure database where multi-disciplinary teams can view the assessments remotely, accurately track progress and make decisions about what to do next. It can be integrated with EMRs and provides decision support and aggregate reporting for clinical management.

Dr Davey said Silhouette was able to markedly improved the wound assessment process by objectively tracking healing progress over time and enabling collaboration among healthcare providers and patients.

“Patients with wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers and venous leg ulcers require very active wound management to reduce further risks and amputation,” he said. “Accurate laser measurements give wound care nurses immediate feedback on how wounds are healing over time to ensure the most appropriate treatment.”

The device is the second generation of the technology, which has been used for some years in the US, UK and New Zealand for clinical research. The company is now concentrating on expanding its use in clinical practice.

It is used in the field by the Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB), which implemented the system in March 2013 for district nurses. CCDHB bought seven of the wound cameras and a central database.

ARANZ Medical also makes the FastSCAN technology for image capture and measurement to support the design of prosthetic and orthotic devices.

The TED truck will finish its tour in late September.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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