The New Year is just around the corner and the Kestrel Health Information staff, in a combined effort with its clinical advisory team, are hard at work revising and refining the WoundSource product reference guide structure for 2016.
Development for the next edition of WoundSource begins as soon as the current year’s edition is issued. Once WoundSource users and advisory board members have their copies in hand, we begin our annual feedback survey process to identify the work ahead for next year’s product reference guide. This is the time we look at how to accommodate anticipated technologies entering the wound care market, changes to clinical and market terminology, and user experience aspects of WoundSource in a continuing effort to meet the needs of the wound care community.
I have the privilege and honor of working closely with the WoundSource editorial advisory board on the development of WoundSource. In this year’s surveys with advisory board members, several key market areas were discussed as evolving categories, including wound care diagnostics, negative pressure wound therapy, and wound assessment and documentation.
Wound Care Diagnostics
Wound care diagnostics is an emerging segment of the wound care market. I met with a couple of companies at SAWC Fall in September to learn more about their diagnostic technologies, which are both undergoing FDA 510(k) regulatory review. We can expect to see new devices used for wound infection detection and non-contact tissue assessment enter the market in the year to come, so keep an eye out for them in a future edition of the WoundSource product reference guide.
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
The WoundSource product categories addressing negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) systems were recently revised to differentiate powered and mechanical devices, in addition to the growing number of kits and components available for these systems. We are currently working on refining these categories to be inclusive of instillation therapy solutions as these specially designed and formulated products will be conveniently housed alongside their companion therapy devices.
Wound Assessment and Documentation
Another exciting and transforming area of the wound care market is that of wound assessment and documentation. In the past several years alone, we have seen a burgeoning number of handheld and software-based assessment tools enter the market. Work is underway with our clinical advisory team to redefine the category for Handheld Wound Assessment Devices and revise the comparative product features within it to better capture the unique attributes and capabilities of these products, allowing for WoundSource users to better compare and evaluate these wound assessment technologies.
I recently discussed in a previous blog several noteworthy products that topped my list of interesting and innovative products that entered the wound care market in 2015. This group of products included advancing support surface technologies. WoundSource 2016 will include a fresh take on the comparative features for applicable support surface categories, capturing the new features of these advanced therapeutic support surfaces including microclimate management and patient/health care staff safety attributes.
With over 100 wound care product subcategories to evaluate and steward, it is our goal with each and every edition of WoundSource to enhance the value and comprehension of this clinical resource. In addition to the category areas I discussed, there are a number of other changes in the works for next year’s edition, including a general update on categorical features for dressings and compression devices, and Patient Condition indexdescriptions.
As the wound care market evolves, WoundSource evolves with it. We look forward to working with you on your updates in the year ahead and are always open to your feedback on ways to better serve the wound care community through WoundSource.