The application would deliver prompts with objective measures of the progress of their ulcers to help patients decide if staying home and dressing the wounds is sufficient or if a doctor's visit is needed for further assessment. "If the new application can provide helpful feedback to the patient, letting them know the ulcer is healing, or at least is stable, then it could limit the number of times these patients need to be transported to a doctor's office or clinic, which is better for everyone involved," Pedersen said.
The WPI team will work closely with four colleagues at UMass Medical School: David Harlan, MD, professor of medicine and pediatrics and Co-Director of the the Diabetes Center of Excellence at UMass Memorial Medical Center; Raymond Dunn, MD, professor of surgery and chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the medical center; Ronald Ignotz, PhD, adjunct professor of cell biology and research scientist in the Department of Surgery; and Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine and a licensed clinical psychologist at the UMass Memorial Weight Center.
"Many with diabetes will tell you that managing their illness is like a second and demanding full time job. And that is especially true if complications, like foot ulcers, arise," Dr. Harlan said. "All our clinical care delivery efforts are designed to support the patient so that much of their care can be delivered in the patient's home, when it is convenient for them with their busy lives. Until we can eliminate any of our patients from suffering wound ulcers, which is our ultimate goal, we're terrifically excited by the work we're doing with the WPI team to facilitate proper wound care and thereby avoid amputations."
The first two years of the project are slated for technology research and development, leading to a prototype for refinement. If the development phase proceeds as planned, the s
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