Innovations in healthcare and wound healing, like the ones highlighted at WHSI’s annual conference, transform patient outcomes and the way healthcare is administered.
The World Health Organization Innovation Group defines the role of innovation in healthcare as a response “to unmet public health needs by creating new ways of thinking”, and has a primary goal to “add value in the form of improved efficiency, effectiveness, quality…” as well as improve affordability and promote sustainability.
Innovation in both wound healing specifically, and healthcare as a broader field, is a necessity to deliver better patient outcomes, increase access to healthcare services, and spur further innovation. As the needs of global communities change and increase, the healthcare industry must adapt to meet those needs.
Increased use of telehealth, remote monitoring, and the collective efforts to produce an effective vaccine were all a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These innovations allowed physicians to deliver healthcare through technology, mental health counselors to continue to meet with clients, and helped keep individuals safe.
Primarily, innovation changes how healthcare is provided to patients. For example, before insulin was discovered as a treatment for diabetes, the condition was treated with specific diets that included oats, milk, and rice. As far back as 1550 B.C., Ancient Egyptians discussed an ailment considered to be diabetes and prescribed diets of whole grains to alleviate symptoms.
And, while doctors had an understanding that food played a role in the progression of diabetes by the early 1900s, it wasn’t until 1922 that insulin was first used to treat the condition.
Now, because of the history and innovations in diabetes management, insulin pumps, blood sugar tests, islet cell transplants, and more, are all available treatment options. Thanks to breakthroughs in diabetes care, treatments of the condition have been experiencing innovations over the last century or more, and are helping lay the foundation for further innovations in the years to come.
Helping facilitate innovation through collaboration, research, and networking is a top priority of the WHSI’s Annual Conference. Here are the latest innovations in wound healing and more that you can expect to hear about at this year’s conference.
Throughout the two-day WHSI Conference taking place from Friday, June 24th to Saturday, June 25th, conference attendees can expect to hear about the latest research surrounding amputation prevention and wound care innovations from leading academics, research directors, and technology companies, as well as podiatric surgeons.
On Friday, you can attend these sessions:
After a short break, a session centering on the advancements of limb preservation will take place from 10:50 AM to 12:30 PM. With even more panels and discussions occurring throughout the day.
Saturday’s sessions include:
For a complete detailed list of all the panels, presenting industry leaders, and more, you can view this year’s conference program here. Each session will also be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person.
To learn about the latest developments and innovations in wound healing and diabetes care, register for WHSI’s 2022 conference.