Smartphone-powered 3D wound imaging, Strava integrations for UK users, and more digital health news briefs

Also: Researchers building apps for consumer genetic test literacy; patients favor biometric matching.
By Dave Muoio and Laura Lovett
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Point-and-shoot wound imaging. Earlier this week, mobile imaging and AI platform Tissue Analytics has revealed a new feature that can generate a 3D image of a patient's wound from a five-second smartphone video. Once made, these images can be easily shared to EMRs through the platform’s integration Cerner, Epic, athenahealth, and Allscripts.

"Tissue Analytics uses sophisticated algorithms that allow clinicians to generate and securely transfer clinical data from Android or iOS devices into the EMR. Now, for the first time ever, I'm very excited and honored to present our 3D measurement feature that requires no external device attachments," Joshua Budman, CTO of Tissue Analytics, said in a statement. "From a very simple five-second video, we can now generate a true 3D rendering of any wound, to provide clients with volume and depth measurements at a submillimeter resolution."

Digital tools to understand genetic test results. As consumer genetic testing continues to grow and genetic counselors see their expertise in greater demand, researchers are turning to apps to help the average user better understand and interpret their results. A new project supported by a $500,000 National Science Foundation grant and jointly conducted by NYU, Wellesley College and the Open Humans Foundation will be working on mobile apps that help users share genome and microbiome results and relevant news with family members or disease peer groups. In addition, the collaboration will use the funds to examine users’ understanding of how these data are presented.

Biometric patient matching. A team from Pew Charitable Trusts researching inadequate patient matching (or linking the right person with their health records from multiple systems) found that the public’s most favored method of improving matching was through biometrics.

The researchers discovered that survey participants overwhelmingly supported having unique identifiers to improving matching. Most preferred the biometric identify, but some participants reported preferring a smart card or numeric identifier. Other options included smartphone apps, third-party data matching and standardization.

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New tools for UK fitness app users. Strava’s fitness and GPS workout app recently unveiled new integrations with a number of UK-based exercise platforms, Wareable reports.

The app now allows users in the UK to sync their workouts through PureGym, Gidme, Technogym, Concept2, TrainerRoad, Zwift and MySwimPro. Users can also make class appointments using MindBody, which already came to the US in August.

Survey says docs favor patient engagement tech. Nearly three-quarters of doctors believe that patient engagement technology is a boon to the patient’s healthcare experience, according to a new survey of 200 physicians conducted by PatientPoint (which makes said technology) and Digital Health Coalition found that three-quarters.

In addition, 95 percent of survey respondents said that they were currently using at least one piece of medical engagement tech in their practice, and roughly three-quarters also said that they did not have an issue with advertisements from pharmaceutical groups appearing alongside educational content.