CANADA – Digital wound care start-up Swift Medical is partnering with one of the largest home health providers, AccentCare, to get its technology into the hands of thousands of care providers in moves to secure a bigger share of the home health market.
Post-acute healthcare company AccentCare serves more than 210,000 individuals across 31 states and plan to use Swift Medical’s digital wound management platform to improve care for the highest complexity wound patients in the home.
Swift Medical’s technology is able to capture wound care information by waving the smartphone above the injured site and also is able to determine the depth of the injury.
The technology captures wound images and measurements without the doctor or nurse having to touch the wound as it also digitizes, tracks and automates the wound care management workflow.
According to Swift Medical, the company’s technology is used by over 3,900 healthcare organizations to improve the prevention, treatment and management of wounds.
There are more people with chronic wounds than with breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer and leukemia combined, according to Swift Medical.
“A third of home health patients require wound care, but there aren’t enough wound care specialists to be in every patient’s home,” Perez, co-founder and CEO at Swift Medical, said.
“More and more patients want to receive care in their homes. Our solution enables large, enterprise agencies to provide standardized and scalable wound care for all their patients,” said Carlo Perez.
“How do you deliver standardized, high-quality wound care? How do you help nursing staff, with 30,000 staff in the field, do that job without feeling like you are giving them more work? Swift solves that problem for them. We give nurses something they have wanted for 30 years, something that helps them to do their jobs more easily,” says Perez.
Traditionally, nurses and clinicians measure wounds with a paper measure, which contributes to high error rates.
That imaging technology expertise was used to develop Swift Medical’s platform that uses artificial intelligence to accurately measure wound circumference, type and progress.
Swift’s AI analyses the wound and provides wound specialists with a comprehensive view of the wound care population.
The Canadian start-up, launched in 2015, has raised about $13 million in venture capital funding backed by Data Collective, Real Ventures and Relay Ventures.
At a time when greater numbers of higher acuity patients are being discharged into the home, Swift Medical’s mobile app helps front-line clinicians provide standardized, best-practice care with high-precision wound images while providing centralized wound experts with visibility into population-wide wound data.
The partnership with AccentCare comes after Swift Medical’s collaboration with home health software company Homecare Homebase to develop an integrated wound care solution.
Currently, AccentCare has employed more than 31,000 professionals in more than 260 locations.