Social Determinants of Health: The Social Impacts on Wound Healing

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Social Determinants of Health: The Social Impacts on Wound Healing

Chronic wound patients face a number of challenges to their health and well-being. The presence of the ulcers is an indication of broader physical systems failures. However, with education and prevention, many wounds could be prevented or treated when they are less severe resulting in improved outcomes. The association between chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and social conditions is well established. Yet, none of the previous studies have addressed chronic ulcers. Healogics Wound Science Initiative is partnering with hospitals and researchers to better understand how the social determinants of health impact the lives of wounded patients.

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Measuring and reporting outcomes in wound care: The standardization conundrum – creating a new framework to define quality wound healing

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Measuring and reporting outcomes in wound care: The standardization conundrum – creating a new framework to define quality wound healing

The Healogics Wound Science Initiative is a collaborative effort that aims to accelerate data-driven improvements, advance insights and perspectives, and identify mechanisms to continuously improve patient outcomes and reduce costs in the treatment of chronic wounds. The Wound Science Initiative is committed to using the Healogics data to guide the creation of wound outcomes measures that allow for industry-wide standardization and aggregate quality benchmarking.

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Wound healing outcomes: Using big data and a modified intent-to-treat method as a metric for reporting healing rates

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Wound healing outcomes: Using big data and a modified intent-to-treat method as a metric for reporting healing rates

This study presents a modified intent-to-treat framework for measuring wound outcomes and measures the consistency of population based outcomes across two distinct settings. In this retrospective observational analysis, we describe the largest to date, cohort of patient wound outcomes derived from 626 hospital based clinics and one academic tertiary care clinic. We present the results of a modified intent-to-treat analysis of wound outcomes as well as demographic and descriptive data.

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Case Study: Non-Healing Wound

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Case Study: Non-Healing Wound

A female in her fifties with a 1 year history of a non-healing medial right calf wound. According to patient, the wound was precipitated by an insect bite which resulted in a failed surgical closure. Patient has a significant history of HTN, osteoarthritis, fem-pop. bypass and right femoral angioplasty. Patient ambulates with a walker and brace support and has significant financial limitations due to inability to work.

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Wound care by the numbers: Medicare cost and utilization of patients with chronic wounds

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Wound care by the numbers: Medicare cost and utilization of patients with chronic wounds

To advance insights and perspectives on how to better manage the care of patients with chronic wounds and to stimulate potential solutions for improving outcomes and reducing costs for this vulnerable, majority 65+ population, Healogics analyzed 2014 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Part A and B standard analytic files for care utilization and cost trends. This white paper synthesizes information and insights gleaned from the analysis, keeping in mind potential areas of opportunity to improve care and outcomes.

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Patient-Centered Wound Care – Findings from a Survey: Physician Perspectives on Wound Care

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Patient-Centered Wound Care – Findings from a Survey: Physician Perspectives on Wound Care

Healogics researchers partnered with Dr. Alexandra Nowakowski, a leading patient advocate and medical researcher at Florida State University’s College of Medicine, to investigate physician perceptions of wound care. Healogics physicians were recruited to participate in an anonymous nine-question survey focused on their experiences and perceptions of wound care and wounded patients. The questions focused on patient attributes that influence positive or negative wound outcomes, patient impacts on physicians’ care plan and physicians’ perspective of patient-centered wound care.

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