ARANZ Medical, a Kiwi firm, applied the same technology that was used to animate the Gollum in the Lord of the Rings to assess wound size and depth. A small PDA powered laser digitizer, dubbed the Silhouette Mobile, can now be used by nurses to track the progress of wound healing. The real advantage to using the device is due to the fact that without it nurses track the healing process by memory, using a considerably more subjective methodology – their eyes. From the company:
The ARANZ Medical Silhouette product suite is a computerized wound imaging, analysis and documentation system designed for wound care professionals.
Through the intelligent use of technology this solution captures images of the patient using a custom-designed camera, allows accurate quantitative information to be derived from those images, and builds that information into an electronic patient record for printing, electronic distribution, and archiving. Information about the wound’s measurement history is available so the serial progression of the wound status is also calculated and presented. This information is stored to a robust database and can be shared with other hospital information systems using international protocols for medical data interchange.
Using wireless technology patient information that is gathered at remote sites, for example by a nurse in the field, can be immediately transmitted to a central repository or to a specialist for consultation. This information can include images, quantitative measurements and other wound assessment information gathered at the time of patient visit. Such transfer allows rapid and informed patient management decisions to be made.