eHEALTH DAY: eHealth in wound care - From pilot projects to routine care

This session took place Friday 16 May, 08.00-15.00

Overall objective

With this one day symposium EWMA, for the second time, aim to set focus on the ever increasing introduction of eHealth and ICT in health care in general and wound care in particular.

More and more eHealth is being introduced as an important means to solve the future challenges our health care systems are facing. eHealth solutions are perceived as essential tools to enable more care to be provided outside of hospitals and to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and communication across units and sectors to optimise continuity of care. What we see now is rapid development of available technologies with ever-increasing examples of regions and countries where eHealth is already part of routine care. The hope is that the use of these technologies will lead to more responsive care of higher quality at lower costs. eHealth is here to stay and will forever change the way care is delivered. What is now important is to understand how this can be achieved.

The eHealth symposium will delve into current trends and developments at the policy level, the current implementation status of telemedicine in wound care, and recent technological developments. The program will conclude with a key session discussing the challenges related to generating evidence on clinical effectiveness and cost efficiency and explore the barriers and facilitators related to large-scale implementation of eHealth.

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 eHealth in standard wound Care: Trends and current practice
( 08:00-09:30, Room N107/N108)

Session objectives:
This session kicks off with a presentation on the overall objective and framework of the EWMA document “eHealth in wound care”. This will be followed by a presentation of the ideas and expectations of the highly profiled UK initiative “3millionlives”, which aims to transform delivery of care for people with chronic conditions by mainstreaming telehealth and telecare. The session will continue with presentations from countries and regions where telemedicine for wound care is already integrated into routine service delivery and will end with a presentation on the evaluation of a mature teledermatology service in the Netherlands and a discussion based on these findings of the developments that can be expected in the field of wound care.   

Chairs: Kathryn Vowden and Knud Yderstræde

  • Salla Seppänen: EWMA Guidance Document “eHealth in wound care”;
         Objectives and framework 

Workshop: Information and Communication Technologies in Wound Care
(10:15-11:15, Room N107/N108)

Session objectives:
Join this workshop to discover how ICT can contribute to the improvement of wound evaluation and diagnosis. The workshop will investigate in depth how social networks impact on the collaborative work between clinicians and patients and demonstrate how advances in pressure ulcer e-learning can be used as an effective tool for nursing education on wound diagnosis, care, and treatment.

Chairs: Pablo Lopez Casanova and Laura Morente

Adopting innovative technologies for wound care – what can we expect from the future?

(11:30-12:30, Room N107/N108)

Session objectives:
Join this session to learn how adoption of innovative technologies can help improve wound care. In this session the audience will be introduced to a number of ICT technologies that are currently being developed and adapted to wound care and get a glimpse of what can be expected from future developments.

Chair: Pedro L. Pancorbo


Key session

Moving from pilot projects to routine care: Overcoming the obstacles
(13:30-15:00, Room N105/N106)

Session objectives:
When moving eHealth projects from isolated pilot projects to large-scale deployment many obstacles need to be considered. This session will focus on which key factors need to be in place in order to successfully scale-up eHealth implementation. The first presentation will give a brief introduction to the Momentum blueprint that offers guidance on telemedicine deployment by providing a systematic overview of enabling factors and barriers. After introducing the EU-funded projects Renewing Health and United4health the session will move on to highlight what evidence is needed to gain support from decision makers and provide the current status on what evidence is of is currently supporting the use of telemedicine. This will include discussions on the important choice of study design when evaluating the effect of implementing these technologies. Finally, the session will end by looking at the barriers and facilitators related to implementation when technologies reach the frontline clinical staff.

Chairs: William McGuiness and Diane Whitehouse