Healing Chronic Wounds Through Big Data and Specialized Care Special To MD Monthly November 30, 2016 Men's, Senior, Women's As the seventh leading cause of death in the US, diabetes is a complex disease with many risk factors including heredity, age, diet, inactivity and obesity. Diabetes can also cause heart disease, stroke, lack of circulation and feeling in the lower limbs and other complications which can result in hard-to-heal wounds, also known as diabetic foot ulcers. For patients suffering from diabetic foot ulcers, it’s important to seek help from wound care experts. Healogics has a network of more than 4,000 providers across the country who receive ongoing advanced wound care training, and in 2015 alone saw approximately 285,000 new patients. As the largest provider of advanced wound care services, Healogics uses an evidence-based systematic approach to chronic wound healing to treat an underserved and growing patient population, including those living with diabetic foot ulcers. “With nearly half of our patients living with diabetes, our teams work tirelessly every day to help heal as many people as possible, by the best treatments available,” said Dr. Scott Covington, FACS, CHWS, Healogics chief medical officer. The Healogics evidence-based approach is backed by nearly 20 years of recording millions of unique patient visits at Healogics Wound Care Centers® which positions Healogics to identify opportunities for improved patient care and implement them through multiple sites across many geographies in real-time. This past October, the company announced its partnership with NLP Logics, an advanced analytics and machine learning data product and services company that works with Healogics to harness large data sets to create a model that will actually predict outcomes and develop treatment plans for patients suffering from chronic wounds. “With nearly half of our patients living with diabetes, our teams work tirelessly every day to help heal as many people as possible, by the best treatments available” -Dr. Scott Covington, FACS, CHWS, Healogics chief medical officer. To address the more than 6.7 million people living with chronic wounds, Healogics has spent approximately $15 million developing its proprietary wound care database, i-heal®, to track wound care patient data. “We have invested in data and analytics infrastructure to ensure Healogics Wound Care Centers can provide the highest quality and most efficient care,” Said Healogics CEO Jeff Nelson. “These evolving tools will aid our physicians and inform treatment decisions that will help to maximize outcomes for patients.” One output of this investment was the creation of an enterprise data warehouse with details on more than two million wounds. This warehouse led to an advanced analytics database with additional in-depth longitudinal clinical information which will support ongoing wound science research. For more information visit Healogics.