In the Msunduzi region of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, the introduction of localized mobile technology for treating burns in patients has seen the improvement of an effective treatment in the region.
The mobile technology named Signapps was developed by Healthcent, a health startup to support caregivers who operate on mobile phones.
The app functions like a real-time platform, making remote work convenient for caregivers.
It also enables medical doctors to communicate with patients remotely barring physical interaction.
The Signapps has made all the reports and other necessary clinical data stored safely in the cloud.
Dr Nikki Allorto, a Specialist Surgeon on burns at the Greys and Edendale Hospitals, Msunduzi, asserted that the challenge that comes up while treating burns is that, hospitals in the region generally lack a structured specialist unit while compared to what is available in big hospitals.
“The introduction of the Signapps communication platform on caregivers’ mobile phones has made a world of difference.
Because my patients are managed in six different wards in two different hospitals, it allows me to communicate with the doctor in the ward at the time of dressing change.
It means immediate advice for the best wound treatment, which benefits the patient, who is not waiting with wounds exposed for the ward round.
It is also an opportunity to teach junior doctors as they can see a large number of patient pictures,” Allorto noted
Allorto further explained that Signapps is a real-time mobile system that ensures ease of communication within the clinical system.
When patients sign up on the app, their information is immediately sent to specialist burn surgeons, which will enable them to see images of the burn injury, therefore allowing the surgeons the ease of prescription without having any physical interaction with the patient.
According to Allorto, Signapps provides a better method than the usual system of a lengthy queue in hospital wards.
“Signapps saves vast amounts of precious specialist time and speeds up the treatment of burns injuries in the wards.”, she added
In that region of South Africa, burn injuries are estimated to be around 1000 arrivals at just the two hospitals present annually.
This data indicates that three burn patients arrive at the hospitals daily with 60 percent of them being children.
“it’s difficult to quantify the improvement in burn patient care and outcomes using Signapps, but anecdotally I am certain that it has made a world of difference.
it would not be an exaggeration to say that Signapps has been one of the most important improvement modalities” in the care of patients since he started to practice.”, Allorto concludes.
Andrew Davies, CEO of Signapps explained that caring for children with burns can be very emotional, but Signapps’ association with Dr. Allorto is changing the face of treating burn patients in South Africa.
“Dr. Allorto and the SA Burn Care Trust are breaking new ground in the area of data collection and collaboration and it is a privilege to be working with them in this very important area of Healthcare,” Davies said.
Featured Image: Andrew Davies, CEO of Signapps
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