Chronic wounds are often difficult to treat and take a longer time to heal due to their complicated pathophysiology. Therefore, a systematic evaluation of the wounds to facilitate appropriate care is vital for both patients and medical workers. In light of this demand, ITRI has developed the Smart-Care Solution for Chronic Wound, iSCare. It is a decision-making support and analysis system that uses AI to accurately assess wound condition, assist in timely diagnosis and treatment for telecare services, and help shorten the time for wound recovery.
The portable, easy-to-use handheld device integrates color, thermal and 3D images and applies machine learning to identify the size, depth, and tissue ratios of the wound in a matter of seconds. Captured data are recorded and uploaded instantly to a medical care platform for doctors who are working remotely. Therefore they can quickly access patient information and give instructions for onsite caregivers to follow. This removes time and distance barriers and makes the communication between physicians and patients much easier.
ITRI’s iSCare integrates color, thermal and 3D images to assess wound size, depth and tissue ratios of chronic skin injuries.
iSCare offers an 85% accuracy in wound tissue categorization and identification. Streamed images including those on swelling, blood circulation or wound surface to 2 mm under the epidermis will be uploaded onto the Wound Care Analysis Platform. This information along with the wound history and similar cases will then be accessed in the platform, providing systematic and accountable reference data for treatments.
iSCare creates an innovative care service model that combines caregivers, medical institutions and an intelligent telecare system. For long-term bedridden, critically ill, or elderly patients living in remote or rural areas, this technology can minimize the risk of delayed healing by offering immediate wound assessment and treatment guidance. Studies have shown that the use of iSCare can help shorten the recovery time by 25 days. For medical personnel, iSCare can reduce their administrative workload and provide an effective way to connect physicians and wound care specialists separated in different locations. iSCare sets a successful example of incorporating ICT technology to medical care applications and shows a synergy effect of software-hardware integration in enhancing the quality of medical care service.
The ITRI team won a 2020 R&D 100 Award with their iSCare solution.