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Smart Technology to Transform Wound Care

Partners HealthCare at Home Receives Innovation Award from Home Care Alliance of MA

June 20, 2018 - In order to drive efficiency and efficacy in the care of wound care patients, Partners HealthCare at Home has moved to a smart phone technology platform for in-home wound imagery and transmission to an office based Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurse (WOCN). Images are uploaded through an iPhone application, Haiku, to a central electronic health record allowing better communication across physician, wound specialist and treating nurses.

Since its inception, the WOCNs have made over 2,300 consults resulting in 1,070 treatment changes. The patient experience has been positive and the collaboration between disciplines has improved.

The Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts’s Innovation Awards recognize programs, products, or operational changes that enhance patient, client, or community, well-being; drive efficiency in operations or the health care system'; enhance staff productivity or satisfaction.

The program received the Innovation Award at this year’s Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts’ annual event on June 19 at the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy

Members of the design and implementation team include: Jennifer Cluff, Denise McKenna, Kathy Hernon, Sue Borzelleca, Amy Pierce, Annemarie Martin, Alison Thrasher, Evangelyne Amboy, Caren Cunningham, Tracy Lubin, Joan Lafond, Lisa Roth, Jackie Doyle and Stephanie Murphy