Telemedicine, Wound Care and . . . Dracula?

Find out how telemedicine continues to change wound care (and what you can learn from your favorite cartoon characters).

Telemedicine, Wound Care and ... Dracula

What do Dracula, Wile E. Coyote and telemedicine have in common? It’s an intriguing question for sure, and you’ll be able to find out the answer at the Wild on Wounds (WOW) National Conference, to be held Aug. 31 – Sept. 3 in Las Vegas.

Dr. Loren Hayes, Woundtech Vice President Clinical Operation

Dr. Loren Hayes, Woundtech Vice President Clinical Operation

In the session, Telemedicine: A Cost Effective Solution for Improved Wound Healing, presenters Dr. Loren Hayes and Tomi Manyoki will explore how telemedicine is changing the way we treat wounds. But that’s not all, folks! You’ll also learn more about:

  • How effective communication can enhance patient care (and vice versa)
  • New technology that makes diagnosing and treatment faster (and better)
  • Data analysis and clinical trials
  • What Dracula (and other characters) has to do with diagnosing wounds

Why telemedicine?

Tomi Manyoki, WOW presenter, wound care certified nurse and Director of Case Management and Data Analytics for WoundTech.

According to the American Telemedicine Association, telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status And even though it’s been practiced for over 40 years, today’s telemedicine practices – with advanced technologies and boundless capabilities – are unprecedented.

“Telemedicine allows instant wound care collaboration,” says Manyoki, a wound care certified nurse and Director of Case Management and Data Analytics for Woundtech, a physician-based provider of wound management services. “If a clinician goes into a home and gets stuck on either a diagnosis or problem, they can not only call us, they can do live video feeds,” he says. “Remotely, we can virtually walk in with them and take a look.”

This can mean quicker and better treatment, and a health team can interact with patients or their families to help reinforce treatment plans and provide assurance. “I can see what is – or isn’t – happening, and I can view the patient’s environment, which is often telling and very helpful in treating the patient,” Manyoki says.

Although Woundtech is based in Florida, their staff and patients are located in Puerto Rico, California, and everywhere in between. Which means it’s never boring. For instance, Manyoki recently helped a clinician in the field treat a patient in the mountains of California who suffered from exposure to cold temperatures. “I think I’m the only nurse in South Florida to work on frostbite,” he said.

What’s in store

“Learning should be fun,” says Manyoki, “No one can learn well if they feel intimidated. Children learn through playing. That’s why I use characters in our presentations – there will definitely be laughing and giggling involved.”

Dr. Hayes, Woundtech Vice President Clinical Operations, will start off the session focusing on the telemedicine industry. Manyoki will then explore communication styles and how they differ regionally and culturally – and how easy it is to be misunderstood or offend someone without even knowing it. Attendees will also get to know those previously mentioned characters, including Snow White, Dracula, Frankenstein and more.

“When you come to our session, you’re going to learn how to be more independent, think for yourself and gain confidence,” says Manyoki. “And most importantly, you’re going to have fun learning.”

Are you ready?

Are you ready to find out more about telemedicine (and, of course, Dracula)? Register for WOW right now, and make plans to be a part of this awesome gathering of wound care professionals. See you soon!

Wild on Wounds℠ (WOW) is the national wound conference designed for healthcare professionals who are interested in enhancing their knowledge in skin and wound management. Clinicians come from all over the US to see, touch and participate in our hands-on workshops. They also learn about all the new and advanced wound care treatments and technologies to better help care for their patients.  For more information visit

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