Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have received a 4-year, $1.6 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop a smart phone app that will allow patients and their caregivers to track and assess chronic wounds, including diabetic wounds to the feet and legs, and arterial, venous, and pressure ulcers. This has implications for decreasing medical costs and identifying complications before they lead to hospitalizations and amputations. Patients or their caregivers will be able to use the app to photograph a chronic wound, and algorithms built into the app will measure wound assessment metrics, including size, depth, and color, which indicate how the wound healing is progressing, and will compare the readings over time to determine if the wound is shrinking or expanding, and other changes that could indicate a complication.
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WPI researchers developing App to track and analyze chronic wounds