Intermountain Healthcare, which is one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in US, will implement Tissue Analytics' advanced imaging technology — integrated with its Cerner's EHR system — across 22 of its hospitals, 8 wound clinics, and the entire home care group.
Tissue Analytics' imaging algorithms are designed to help clinicians measure and track wound healing, allowing Intermountain to photograph wounds and automatically derive the rate at which the wound is healing.
Intermountain made the decision to integrate Tissue Analytics into its system came after a successful proof of concept and pilot program, conducted at Intermountain's Dixie Wound and Hyperbaric Clinic. From there, the two parties prepared a 16-week, larger scale pilot that involved 89 clinicians and more than 200 patients, as well as all of Intermountain's wound care clinics and its home care group.
These efforts culminated in a SMART on FHIR-based integration with Cerner core technology. The end result is that Intermountain Healthcare now has the ability to share accurate data about a patient's wound between the inpatient, clinic, and homecare settings.
"The proof of concept and pilot collaboration helped us work with Cerner and Tissue Analytics to shape the product and integration in a way that clinicians would find productive and effective," Todd Dunn, Innovation Director at Intermountain, said in a statement. "The collaboration highlighted the ability of large health systems to work, through innovation groups, at the cutting edge of healthcare. The integration with Cerner will help Tissue Analytics complement our existing workflows, improve accuracy, and provide new analytics for wound care."
The prevalent method of wound healing involves wound measurements with a ruler — which introduces a 45% error rate.