Join us in Montreal for Wound Ostomy & Continence Nurses Society Conference #WOCN16

WOCN mHealth Guide

Enroute to California for the Apple World Wide Developer conference I’ll be stopping off in Montreal Canada (4-8 June 2016) for the WOCN Society & CAET Joint Conference to report on global mHealth developments in the Wound Care market and to launch the mHealth for Wound Care Professionals online CPD accredited course that I’m producing as part of the series with the Healthcare Informatics Society (Click here to watch the module I produced for the International Diabetes Federation’s World Diabetes Congress that was held in December in Vancouver).

At the event we’ll be doing a round up of the key mHealth innovations that I can hunt down (see an example of what this looks like by checking out our report from the world’s biggest Ophthalmology trade show in Las Vegas last year) so I’m all ears if you have any tips on things I should hunt down ad check out (please email me or use the comments link at the bottom of this post to let me know about anything you think is great).

It’s been nearly 5 years since I produced a mHealth event in Canada so I’ll be sure to also take the time when there to check out how mHealth is being successfully adopted with a visit to the world’s first Hospital to buy a thousand plus iPads as well as Telus HQ (the first mobile operator to invest +$1B in the acquisition of healthcare brands). Let me know if you’ve seen anything I should make plans to check out.

Be sure to check back again here closer to the date as I’ll also be updating this post with a detailed mHealth Guide to WOCN.

Click here to register for the event.

CJick here to join the event’s Livestream (free to WOCN & CAET members & commercially supported sessions are free to all).


Join us for the Social Media meetup

On Sunday the 5th June from 6pm we’re having a IRL meetup which is your chance to meet up with other delegates who are active on Twitter. Venue to be confirmed (refresh this page for an update closer to the date). Let others know you’re attending by tweeting #WOCN2016 #Meetup At the meet up Exhibit Hall Opening Reception

mHealth Guide

Posters that I’ll be checking out in more detail will include:

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Exhibitors that I’ll be checking out in more detail will include:

#106 Thought Technology Ltd 

Founded in 1975, Thought Technology is the world’s leading biofeedback, neurofeedback and psychophysiological instrument manufacturer. Our instrumentation not only monitors and records a wide variety of physiological and mechanical signals, but also analyzes and provides feedback in real time, through a variety of auditory and visual means, to promote self-regulation and conditioning.

Our equipment is used as an essential part of many therapeutic treatments and clinical assessment protocols to treat stress related disorders as well as provide treatment for incontinence and muscle rehabilitation, including sEMG-triggered stimulation. On the non-medical side, it is also used in ergonomics, sports & peak performance and educational applications – wherever accurate and sensitive psychophysiological monitoring and biofeedback are needed. For info at 

To meet the needs of the research and education markets with flexible, reliable and accurate physiological data acquisition, we recently created a Science Division.

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#246 MolecuLight

A new evidence based technology for wound assessment MolecuLight i:X – Making the Invisible Visible. What if you could SEE clinically significant bacteria in chronic wounds? The MolecuLight i:X is a revolutionary handheld device which uses autofluorescence imaging to instantly visualize potentially harmful bacteria. The device is simple to use, requiring no patient contact or contrast agents.

What’s the Advantage to seeing bacteria? Visualizing bacteria in real-time with the MolecuLight i:X empowers clinicians to optimize treatment plans by: Personalizing wound assessment protocols and treatment options, Screening patients at risk for infection due to high levels of bacteria, Tracking efficacy of treatments including expensive dressings and antimicrobials, Improving the accuracy of sampling, Targeting debridement in areas of high bacterial presence.

Can you improve your patient’s outcome? Clinical studies have shown that using the i:X in addition to the Standard of Care significantly increased the rate of wound closure while decreasing the cost of healing chronic wounds.

The MolecuLight i:X is approved in Canada and is pending both FDA and CE marking

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#246 Pixalere Healthcare Inc:

“Pixalere –   a leading  wound management software solution. Our goal is Improving Care Through Technology. 4 Pillars of Value:

i. Wound Tracking:  Decrease heal time, Track dressing costs, Control supply compliance 

ii. Collaboration:  Care alerts, Direct Nurse to Wound Specialist consultation, Peer to peer sharing of best practices, Generated/customizable referrals, Suggested care paths

iii. Education:  24/7 access from anywhere, E-learning component,  Treatment/product application videos, Access to Wound Specialist professional instruction.

iv. Reporting:  Instant visibility, Multiple options,  Automatically generated and customizable”

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#553 Tissue Analytics Inc

A New Standard in Wound Documentation. Reduce your charting time by 60% with Tissue Analytics. Accurate documentation is key to recording healing outcomes and staying in compliance. Tissue Analytics transforms the smartphone into a sophisticated platform for imaging and documenting chronic wounds. The HIPAA-compliant Android and iOS app automatically measures wound surface area and dimensions from a digital photograph. Clinicians can complete their documentation anywhere from their smartphone or tablet – the data is sent to a secure web portal where charting occurs completely automatically, saving you time and resources

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#707 InoTec AMD Ltd:

Welcome to NATROX™. The air you breathe contains only 21% oxygen. A wound when dressed and protected has very limited access to oxygen. The NATROX® generator produces oxygen by electrolysis, and ‘delivers’ it through a thin flexible tube to the unique Oxygen Delivery System (ODS) which is in direct contact with the wound surface. This continous supply of oxygen ensures an oxygen rich environment around the wound area. NATROX® is silent with no sensation of movement while providing a continuous flow (~13ml/hr) of ‘pure’ humidified oxygen.

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#713 Novadaq

The LUNA Fluorescence Angiography System provides real-time visualization of tissue perfusion in patients being evaluated and treated for the effects of cardiovascular diseases impairing blood flow to extremities and tissues. Assessing the quality of perfusion in lower extremities can assist physicians in defining patient care pathways to maximize limb salvage.

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#940 11Health and Technologies Ltd:

Welcome to the Ostom-i Alert Sensor. Come & try our device. Our device started life on a hospital transplant ward. As part of Michael’s bowel transplant he had  an ileostomy. It took him 3 weeks to  look at his ostomy & another week to pluck up the courage to change the pouch. He got used to emptying and changing his pouch but realised that it wasn’t quite as simple as pressing a call bell and asking a nurse to help. Output would occur without much notice and his transplant team wanted to track the volume of output and the timing.  That was how Ostom-i™was conceived and a prototype developed. We hope that our device helps make your life as an ostomy patient that little bit easier and some of the benefits to WOCNs & patients include:

Simple to use & works with every patient
Reduce time patient has to spend in hospital
Reduce nursing time caring for patient especially at night
Provides real time patient data access by analysing patient activity 
A real self management tool for patients 
Reduce risk of infection
Reduce size of pouch


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#941 eKare Inc:

eKare Inc. is dedicated to the design and development of wound assessment solutions using the latest computer-vision and mobile technology. Founded by surgeons and leading experts in imaging sciences, eKare is a spin-off enterprise from the Sheikh Zayed Institute, Children’s National Health System, a premier pediatric health provider in Washington, DC.

eKare’s innovative technology is creating new possibilities in how we deliver wound care across the healthcare continuum, from inpatient hospital and skilled nursing facilities to ambulatory clinics and telemedicine.

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#1104 NearHealth:

Our technology will transform your incontinence care! Near’s mission is to eliminate the debilitating physical and emotional impact of incontinence through the application of wireless and cloud-based technology. Our thesis is simple: we will keep people drier and cleaner by sending real-time alerts to caregivers when an incontinence pad is soiled, allowing the caregiver to respond quickly to those patients that need attention. Our solution is robust and elegant. An ink-based patent-pending sensor is incorporated into a premium incontinence pad to detect amount and duration of moisture. A wireless radio transmitter snaps easily onto the pad for the purpose of reading, characterizing, and transmitting data to an easy-to-operate cloud and mobile based software platform that integrates gracefully into the caregiver’s existing workflow.  The Near team knows the application of mobile technology will cause vast improvement, especially with regard to patient dignity, and well-being. We believe that elevating incontinence care will relieve huge amounts of suffering, increase liberty, and create significant value for society

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#1114 ApronsByJoy/Medical Craft LLC:

The Anatomical Apron is the single, best-known ostomy surgery teaching aid in the world. Your patients deserve your council regarding their perceptions of lifestyle changes, body image concerns and potential declining health. Wearing an ostomy device only serves to increase apprehension and complicates the learning process. What’s the answer to this challenge? The Anatomical Apron is the number one educational tool making patients feel at ease with both inside and outside the body changes resulting from surgery including colostomy, loop ostomy, ileostomy, and double-barrel surgical procedures. Great for bedside or classroom or online seminars. Hands-on and visually inviting, The Anatomical Apron meets the needs of both patient and educator. In-depth instruction is informal yet effective in explaining multiple ostomy surgeries. Urostomy attachment included with The Anatomical Apron. Come see for yourself, watch the video. The “G.I. Jo” Apron is designed for healthcare professionals. “Betsy” Apron is designed for non- healthcare professionals and Ostomy Support Groups

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#1144 Health Outcomes Worldwide:

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Wound management tracking made simple. Come & See! Health Outcomes Worldwide (HOW) is a Canadian healthcare software development company focused on ensuring best practice outcomes for patients and clinicians. This is accomplished through our applications: how2trak® , a dynamic, secure wound care app that can be used across sectors of care and a wide range of systems. Our team of clinicans and software developers have a unique synergy that has created tools that reflect current best practice, have interactive components that support nurses in their care of patients/clients with wounds and assist managers and administrators to rapidly assess and respond to ensure efficiencies in wound care mangement. Using how2trak® provides the clinician with immediate information on management and wound progress;  adminstrators can quickly derive reports to track resource utlization/costs. Benchmarking can be achieved through use of HOW’s database of over 13 million data points, and over 500,000 wounds. As well, the HOW team has developed the Surgical Site Infection Surveillance (SSIS) app: a unique way for surgical teams to follow patients post-discharge, using secure smart phone technology. Intrigued? Come and see us!


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2 Responses to Join us in Montreal for Wound Ostomy & Continence Nurses Society Conference #WOCN16

  1. This sounds interesting! May you would also have a look at our mHealth wound care solution to document and assess chronic wounds called +WoundDesk ( Thanks!

    • Thank you Digital Med Lab,

      Looks like a perfect addition to the CPD course I’m producing during my visit. Will WoundDesk have a booth or will any WoundDesk executives be attending WOCN (if so let me have their contact details and I’ll post the details in the above mHealth guide).

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