Almost four million people in the UK have chronic wounds that take months or even years to heal, taking a heavy toll on those who suffer from them. In order to expedite healing, clinicians need consistent and standardised measurements and accurate records of wound assessments that can inform evidence-based decisions. But the tools at their disposal are often rudimentary and subjective. Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust deployed Healthy.io’s digital wound management service in order to improve wound assessment, monitoring and continuity of care.
of patients said the use of the app had a positive effect on their well being
of patients said the service helped them feel more involved in their care
staff satisfaction across clinical teams
of stagnating wounds identified by the service were no longer stagnating within a 3-month period
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust provides community healthcare services to over one million people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, including approximately 6,000 patients with chronic wounds every month. The Trust’s wound care clinicians identified a pressing need to identify stagnating wounds early, allowing for rapid interventions that can reduce wound healing time, alleviating needless pain, cutting costs, and easing the burden on staff. To do so, they needed a solution that would address several challenges facing the organisation:
Inaccurate wound measurements
The use of paper rulers for wound assessments resulted in significant unwarranted variability in measurements, making it difficult to consistently track wounds over time and identify stagnation or healing.
Low quality imagery
A visual record of a wound is important both to clinical decision-making and patient engagement. But the photographs of wounds taken by staff were of low quality and weren’t attached to patient records in a timely manner.
Lack of continuity
Consistent measurement, tracking and care for each wound is vital for healing. But due to staffing pressures, there is the risk that many patients will be seen by multiple staff members. Current methods of tracking a wound’s history are time consuming, making it challenging to review on a consistent basis. This can result in a delay in reviewing patient treatment pathways and impede healing.
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust decided to partner with Healthy.io and deploy their digital wound management service. Now, clinicians and patients alike benefit from the ability to track wounds over time and consult with experts when necessary—with immediate effect on care plans and healing.
Clinicians visiting a patient for the first time can prepare by viewing the record of previous visits—including a series of photos showing the wound’s progress over time. The same records can also be shared and discussed in real time or asynchronously with other staff members working in different locations. This allows for ongoing consultations using less skilled staff, enabling expert staff members to supervise and make changes to care plans without having to visit the patient. Here’s how it works:
Clinician scans the wound using a smartphone and two colour calibration stickers
App uses AI to capture a standardised assessment, including wound measurement, location, and tissue distribution
Data is uploaded to a web portal for staff access and integration with patient’s medical records
100% of staff said the app prompted early detection of static wounds, allowing for earlier intervention and reducing unnecessary suffering. Within a three-month period, one third of the stagnating wounds identified using the service were no longer stagnating, and the remaining two thirds had been moved onto a more appropriate care plan.
Clinicians can now access a dedicated central repository featuring standardised high-quality visual records, showing the progress of each wound over time, helping inform clinical decision-making and contributing to continuity of care.
100% of staff said they felt comfortable using the service, with an average user confidence score of 10/10.
Staff have regularly used the app to show patients their wounds and involve them in their care. 100% of patients said the service helped them engage in their care, and 94.5% said the use of the app had a positive effect on their well being.
Operational Lead Tissue Viability,
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust