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Desert Foot 2019: Reflections From Day 1

By Terry Hayslett on 12/5/19 10:37 AM

Clinical thought-leaders and product developers convened in the heart of downtown Phoenix, Arizona at Desert Foot 2019 to share knowledge and showcase innovative technologies that aim to improve the quality of life of patients with lower extremity disorders. As a demonstration of the eagerness and commitment to share knowledge, Day 1 began bright and early at 6:00 am with a session highlighting cases in limb preservation and ended at 6:45 pm with a session questioning if there was a resurgence in amputations in patients with diabetic foot. Whether planned or not, this was a thoughtful way to bookend the day by emphasizing the potential good and bad outcomes of this vulnerable patient population...

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Desert Foot 2019: An Interview with Dr. Michael Shore

By Terry Hayslett on 12/3/19 9:47 PM

Ahead of the Desert Foot conference, SmartTRAK interviewed Dr. Michael Shore, Director of Medical Education and a founding member of PRESENT e-Learning Systems, to preview the conference which is being held Dec 4-7, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ

The multi-specialty conference provides comprehensive education for the overall management of the high-risk foot and lower extremities for podiatrists and other clinicians. Attendees will benefit from a wide variety of presentations, hands-on workshops and scientific research and will see cutting edge technology presented by the largest medical device and pharmaceutical companies in the industry.

To find our more about Desert Foot 2019, as well as PRESENT e-learning Systems, click on the following video to listen to SmartTRAK’s interview with Dr. Shore. (16:45 min)

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Know Before You Go: Desert Foot 2019

By Lindsey Wolejko on 12/2/19 9:00 AM

Headed to Desert Foot? We have you covered.

SmartTRAK’s Senior Analyst for Advanced Wound Care, Terry Hayslett, is headed to Phoenix, Arizona for the 2019 Desert Foot Conference. We caught up with him ahead of the December 4-7th meeting as part of our new Know Before You Go series.

Desert Foot is one of the premier advanced wound care meetings. The meeting is held annually in Phoenix. “The conference brings together six groups involved with limb salvage preservation of the lower extremity from the Veterans Administration, VA Podiatric Residency Directors, Arizona Podiatric Medical Association, Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC), the Department of Defense, and healthcare professionals in the private sector, from across the country to a single conference to best meet their educational needs.” Desert Foot

1. Terry, you will soon be attending Desert Foot. What is it about this meeting that you are most excited about?

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AVA 2019: Key Opportunities for Improvement in Vascular Access

By Susan Paquette on 11/22/19 10:17 AM

AVA Scientific Meeting 2019 highlights key opportunities for improvement in vascular access from process bundles to emerging new products

Introduction

Acknowledgment of the importance of the vascular access nurse and team were obvious at this year’s Association for Vascular Access (AVA) Annual Scientific meeting. When Ramzy Nasrallah took over as CEO for the Association of Vascular Access (AVA) in 2017, he consolidated the mission of AVA “Protect the Patient, Educate the Clinician and Save the Line” to make it more memorable and to create a more powerful message. (See SmartTRAK interview with Nasrallah at AVA 2017). Nasrallah’s ultimate goal for AVA is to be “the biggest, most reputable, and highly regarded healthcare association in the world” with tens of thousands of members globally. Since taking the helm and advancing his agenda...

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Artificial Intelligence for DFUs: An Interview with Dr. Ronald Baxter

By Susan Paquette on 10/14/19 11:40 AM

Dr. Ronald Baxter of Baylor University and Spectral MD, discusses the Spectral MD DeepView Wound Imaging System in predicting DFU wound healing utilizing artificial intelligence in an interview with SmartTRAK.

Spectral MD has developed the DeepView Wound Imaging System to utilize real-time data and artificial intelligence to predict wound healing. The Company has seen initial success in burn treatment and is now moving into validation of their system for diabetic foot ulcers with the goal to predict a wound’s healing potential at the initial clinical visit.

To learn more about Spectral MD’s multi-spectral imaging system, DeepView; the pilot DFU study to analyze the predictive qualities of its artificial intelligence deep learning program, and the company’s plans moving forward, SmartTRAK interviewed Dr. Ronald Baxter, of Baylor University and Spectral MD.

To view the interview, recorded live at SAWC Spring 2019, click on the following video. A transcript of SmartTRAK’s interview with Dr. Baxter is below.

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Before SAWC: Challenges and Opportunities for Wound Care in Assisted Living Facilities

By Lindsey Wolejko on 10/7/19 4:30 PM

SmartTRAK is excited to be attending SAWC Fall 2019, Oct. 12-14 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV.

Analysts Susan Paquette, VP & GM Wound, BioMedGPS, and Terry Hayslett, Senior Analyst, Advanced Wound Care will be there representing SmartTRAK. Please contact us if you would like to meet.

Susan recently interviewed Bluestone Physician Services’ Sarah Keenan, Chief Clinical Officer, and Jessie Waks, Director of Clinical Practice and Education, discussing challenges and opportunities related to wound care in assisted living facilities. Bluestone Physician Services is a primary care practice delivering on-site care to patients in assisted living and other residential care settings who face difficulty in visiting a physician’s office due to mobility or frailty. If you would like to read the transcript of the interview "Challenges and Opportunities for Wound Care in Assisted Living Facilities: An Interview with Bluestone Physician Services" please click the button at the end of this post.

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Before AVA: Preventing Peripheral IV Failure

By Lindsey Wolejko on 9/30/19 10:17 AM

SmartTRAK is excited to be attending the #AVA Association for Vascular Access 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting taking place October 4-7, 2019 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV.

Susan Paquette, Vice President and General Manager, Wound, will be representing SmartTRAK at AVA.

Susan has been with SmartTRAK since 2011, leading the Wound efforts. Prior to SmartTRAK, Susan was with 3M for 20+ years' holding leadership positions in new business development, R&D, international and marketing. 

If you would like to meet with Susan for SmartTRAK's insights into the Vascular Access market at #AVA2019, please click to schedule a meeting. To read a SmartTRAK Market Outlook article Susan wrote "Preventing Peripheral IV Failure: The Next Big Thing in Vascular Access" following AVA 2018, click below...

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Q219 US Infection Prevention: Vascular Access Adjunct Products Show Positive Gains

By Susan Paquette on 9/20/19 1:25 PM

Positive gains in the mid-single digits for Q219, a slight increase from previous quarter

Prevention of HAIs continues to drive measures and practices to reduce Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSIs) and create demand for products that can aid in addressing these issues. Numerous programs and educational tools are being launched highlighting measures and strategies for healthcare providers in the prevention and reduction of infection in acute care and other settings.

During the quarter, WHO initiated its annual campaign, SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands, to increase global awareness of the importance of hand hygiene among healthcare workers. The campaign recommends an evidence-based approach with demonstrated impact on quality of care and patient safety across all levels of the health system. A call to action is provided along with a range of support materials and implementation tools ...

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Q219 Advanced Wound Care Market Recap: Impressive Growth

By Susan Paquette on 9/13/19 10:00 AM

An impressive quarter of growth, driven by CTPs in the US, single-use NPWT globally and a solid performance for Advanced Dressings.

For Q219, according to BioMedGPS’ SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard, WW Advanced Wound Care (AWC) revenues for Advanced Dressings, External Devices and Biologics was up +6.2% YoY. Acelity remained the AWC market leader, while Advanced Dressings saw strong growth from Mölnlycke and Coloplast, offset by weak performance from Smith & Nephew and ConvaTec. The total market reached...

Among the many topics covered in theQ219 Advanced Wound Care Market Recapare:

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Q219 US Hemostats & Sealants Market Recap: Slightly Lower Growth YoY

By Doug Devens on 9/6/19 11:31 AM

The US market for Hemostats and Sealants grew +6.4% YoY in Q219, a slightly lower growth rate vs Q119, with biologic sealants and thrombin hemostats driving the increase.

As reported in SmartTRAK’s Financial Dashboard, every manufacturer in the US Hemostats and Sealants market, except Ethicon, experienced revenue growth in Q219. Leading the way was Baxter, as it capitalized on Ethicon’s supply problems with SurgifloCryolife and Becton Dickinson (BD) both posted strong gains. Ethicon still continued to dominate the overall US Hemostat and Sealants market, with a 40.7% share, down from 48.6% share in Q119. Most of this share shifted to Baxter as the Company continues to chip away at...

Among the many topics covered in the Q219 US Hemostats and Sealants Market Recap* are:

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