The aging baby boomer population and rise in the incidence of chronic diseases has intensified focus on innovations in wound care for this difficult-to-heal patient population. Wound care developers are particularly keen on providing advanced and personalized wound repair, and remote wound monitoring and assessment by integrating advanced sensors, information/communication technologies, 3D printing, and stem cell technology with traditional wound healing products. By facilitating documentation and management, digital technologies aid in the standardization of wound care.
“Technology convergence in the healthcare industry is indicative of a positive shift toward greater regenerative, personalized and standardized wound care,” noted Frost & Sullivan TechVision Senior Research Analyst Debarati Sengupta. “As the industry moves toward patient-centric care, there is greater focus on bioactive personalized wound care products using stem cell technologies. These emerging wound care technologies are creating highly disruptive growth opportunities, such as real-time, point-of-care wound diagnostics, smart bandages, and personalized wound care treatment. The new breed of wound care solutions aims to achieve superior collaboration among patients, caregivers and clinicians to provide optimal care.”
Most of the United States federal budget in the wound care industry is channeled toward cell-based regenerative wound therapy, while the majority of venture funding is for digital technology-based wound management companies providing remote or telehealth technology.
“Partnerships or collaborations between wound care developers and complementary technology developers, such as a sensor or a mobile platform company, are crucial to establish cross-industry expertise,” observed Sengupta. “Creating user-friendly digital wound care technologies and educating the staff regarding the usage and benefits of new wound care solutions will go a long way in accelerating the adoption of these technologies.”