By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- New research on Environmental Health is the subject of a report. According to news reporting from Winnipeg, Canada, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "This paper reports on the findings of a user trial of a mHealth application for pressure ulcer (bedsore) documentation. Pressure ulcers are a leading iatrogenic cause of death in developed countries and significantly impact quality of life for those affected."
The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the University of Manitoba, "Pressure ulcers will be an increasing public health concern as the population ages. Electronic information systems are being explored to improve consistency and accuracy of documentation, improve patient and caregiver experience and ultimately improve patient outcomes. A software application was developed for Android Smartphones and tablets and was trialed in a personal care home in Western Canada. The software application provides an electronic medical record for chronic wounds, replacing nurses' paper-based charting and is positioned for integration with facility's larger eHealth framework. The mHealth application offers three intended benefits over paper-based charting of chronic wounds, including: (1) the capacity for remote consultation (telehealth between facilities, practitioners, and/or remote communities), (2) data organization and analysis, including built-in alerts, automatically-generated text-based and graph-based wound histories including wound images, and (3) tutorial support for non-specialized caregivers."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The user trial yielded insights regarding the software application's design and functionality in the clinical setting, and highlighted the key role of wound photographs in enhancing patient and caregiver experiences, enhancing communication between multiple healthcare professionals, and leveraging the software's telehealth capacities."
For more information on this research see: A mHealth application for chronic wound care: findings of a user trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2013;10(11):6199-214.
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M.R. Friesen, Design Engineering, University of Manitoba, E2-262 EITC, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 5V6, Canada. Additional authors for this research include C. Hamel and R.D McLeod.
Keywords for this news article include: Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Software, Environmental Health, North and Central America.
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