Healogics Wound Science Initiative Addresses Social Determinants of Health

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Healogics®, the nation’s largest provider of advanced chronic wound care
services, today announced their research series addressing the social
determinants of health
.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines social determinants of
health as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and
age, that shape health. These factors include characteristics such as
socioeconomic status, education, neighborhood and physical environment,
employment and social support networks. Surprisingly, these social and
environmental conditions account for 80 percent of health outcomes while
only 20 percent are the result of care delivery.

“Over the next year, we will release a series of findings based on
surveys of clinicians,
interviews with patients and secondary data analysis,” said Hanna
Gordon, PhD, Healogics Executive Director, Research and Informatics.
“Our goal is to ensure that all patients can access high quality care
and heal their chronic
ulcers
. We will begin our series with an introduction to the social
determinants and how they impact health outcomes, followed by the
findings of a survey on clinician perspectives on social barriers to
care, and original research on the sociogeographic patterning of chronic
wounds.”

Chronic wound patients face a number of challenges to their health and
well-being. The presence of ulcers is an indication of broader physical
systems failures. However, with education, many wounds could be
prevented or treated when they are less severe resulting in improved
outcomes. The association between chronic conditions such as diabetes,
cardiovascular disease and social conditions is well established, yet
none of the previous studies have addressed chronic ulcers. Healogics
Wound Science Initiative is partnering with hospitals and researchers to
better understand how the social determinants of health impact the lives
of wounded patients.

“Through this exploration, we intend to utilize quantitative and
qualitative data to demonstrate the complexity of the wounded patient
population,” said Mike
Fogarty
, Healogics Chief Operating Officer. “This includes all of
the factors that play a role in healing, increasing awareness of
barriers to patient care, improving patient-provider communications and
decreasing obstacles to patient adherence.”

Healogics
is focused on improving the care of people living with chronic,
non-healing wounds. The Wound
Science Initiative
, launched in 2017, strives to advance the
science, awareness and practice of wound care through research,
technology and collaboration. Healogics is achieving this by leveraging
their wound care database, as well as partnering with academic and
scientific leaders to produce research briefs, white papers,
presentations and manuscripts. Ultimately, the Wound Science Initiative
will be used to help improve patient outcomes and aid in effectively
managing this growing population through data-driven initiatives.

About Healogics

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s wound
healing expert. Last year over 330,000 patients received advanced wound
care through a nationwide network of nearly 700 Wound
Care Centers®.
The Healogics team is made up of almost 3,000
employees, 4,000 affiliated physicians and a Healogics Specialty
Physician practice group of nearly 300. In addition to the company’s
network of outpatient Centers, Healogics partners with over 300 skilled
nursing facilities to care for patients with chronic wounds, and
provides inpatient consults at more than 80 partner hospitals. As the
industry leader, Healogics has the largest repository of chronic
wound-specific patient data in the country. The Healogics Wound
Science Initiative
, an effort launched in 2017 to provide
peer-reviewed research, recognizes the value and relevance of big data
and advanced analytics to drive continuous, collaborative learning
towards a better understanding of how to efficiently utilize healthcare
resources for patients with wounds. For additional information, please
visit Healogics.com.

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