Telemedicine company Coviu has announced that it will be working on a project to create a new digital toolkit for telemedical wound care. It will work with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, the Western NSW Primary Health Network, university partners The University of Sydney and The University of Technology Sydney, and insurance company Australian Unity.
For this project, which is slated to begin development next year, the company received approximately A $ 6.5 million ($ 4.5 million) in funding from the federal government’s Medical Research Future Fund. Coviu intends to publish its digital wound care toolkit on its platform in 2026.
WHAT IT IS FOR
According to a media release, the suite of digital tools will serve as a “one-stop-shop” for clinicians treating wounds. AI-powered mobile imaging enables doctors to remotely analyze and monitor wounds. Access to wound data also helps them make wound management decisions, particularly in identifying changes that could indicate infection and a patient’s body reaction to a wound or drug.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT
Telemedical wound care is particularly needed in inpatient elderly care facilities where challenges are evident as the elderly are more prone to chronic wounds due to their comorbidities and age-related factors. Coviu expresses concern about the lack of knowledgeable and specialized wound support in the Australian aged care sector, particularly in rural and remote areas where care access and health care staff shortages are difficult.
To be developed in collaboration with consumers and health professionals, the upcoming telemedicine tools will be tested in residential elderly care facilities in Victoria and New South Wales. “Part of these tests will include assessing how best to introduce the technology and integrate it into routine health care,” said Georgina Luscombe, Associate Professor in the University of Sydney’s School of Rural Health.
Outside Australia, researchers from the National University of Singapore have a point of care wound assessment platform called. developed VeCare, which consists of an intelligent bandage with sensors and a mobile app for remote monitoring of wounds. The handheld device can identify chronic wound factors within 15 minutes.
Also in Singapore, Changi General Hospital and the Singapore University of Technology and Design have developed a monitoring device that can distinguish blood from other body fluids in order to detect patient bleeding episodes. the The blood warning technology with continuous hemoglobin sensor can be used for on-site monitoring of traumatic wounds.
ON THE RECORD
“The digital wound care toolkit offers us a tremendous opportunity to improve the health and quality of life of elderly care residents. It will help clinicians and general practitioners alike make data-driven clinical decisions about wound care while watching a telemedicine video. ”It will also enable more clinicians to provide high quality wound care in inpatient geriatric care facilities. The toolkit will further develop Coviu’s digital AI tools to support healthcare providers, “said Dr. Annie Banbury, clinical research director at Coviu.
“User-centric design and rigorous clinical validation are at the heart of this project. Our multidisciplinary team will bring new AI computer vision technologies into a clinical setting and develop products that address commonly overlooked and preventable health problems, ”Dr. Oliver Salvado, director of imaging and computer vision at CSIRO, also commented.