Accessing the variety of health care services required by people living with a wound can be a complex and often confusing experience. Similar challenges are frequently faced by health care personnel as they seek to navigate the many referral processes to coordinate a package of services for a client. Whilst the term interdisciplinary care is frequently used in wound management literature, detailed descriptions and pragmatic solutions for the implementation and operation of these are frequently missing. Questions such as; "how is time allocated to team meetings?", "how should funding models be changed to accommodate a team approach?", "can varied access to a medical record be achieved?" or "what facilitates mutual respect in the team?" are often not addressed. The Managing Wounds as a Team position document attempts to address such deficits. It has been developed as a collaboration between the AAWC, AWMA, and EWMA and is aimed at providing pragmatic advise for clinicians wishing to enhance the interdisciplinary nature of the service provided to the client.
This document aims to provide wound care clinicians with a rapid and structured overview of the key issues related to use of eHealth applications (telemedicine and telehealth) within wound care. This includes:
- An overview of terminology and available literature
- Guidance on the methodology for evaluation of eHealth solutions
- An introduction to and discussion of the potential benefits of eHealth technologies in wound care, and the possible barriers to their implementation
- Recommendations for ensuring a good implementation process and supporting involvement of wound care professionals in safeguarding that eHealth solutions meet the needs of the patients.