BurnCase 3D is distributed in form of perennial research cooperations with the Research Unit Medical-Informatics. Comprehensive information as well as a free trial version is available on http://www.burncase.at. The research project BurnCase 3D is financially supported by public funds and developed at RISC Software GmbH, Research Unit Medical-Informatics, a non-profit research and development organization of the Johannes Kepler University Linz. The project is financed through funds from Upper Austria and the participating research partners. All the incoming money is reinvested in the project itself.
KEY FEATURES OF BURNCASE 3D (WINDOWS PC VERSION)
GRAPHICAL DATA ACQUISITION
BurnCase 3D is capable of recording, visualizing and documenting all kinds of burn injuries and their treatment processes in a clear and intuitive way. Surface data is acquired on three-dimensional models, which are adapted to physical parameters of the real patient with a resolution of one cm². BurnCase 3D provides the ability to structure and document injuries easily and clearly as well as assigning digital pictures to various body regions. By using specialized navigation and selection modes, a remarkable reduction of workload in comparison to paper-based documentation can be achieved. BurnCase 3D enables an almost instant objective assessment of the patient’s condition. Besides thermal and chemical burns, BurnCase 3D allows documenting amputations, healing measures and surgical procedures.
DIGITAL PICTURE ARCHIVE
The digital picture archive in BurnCase 3D completes the professional burn documentation. It is possible to assign digital pictures of the patient to specific locations on the 3D model surface (marked as pins) in order to easily recall them afterwards. Furthermore, specific model positions can be saved to every picture, which can be restored during picture review. Superimposing these pictures allows efficient and objective verification of injuries that have been assigned to the model surface. The digital picture archive collects all relevant digital pictures within BurnCase 3D. This allows searching for pictures by certain criteria like patient-data, timestamps, assigned body regions or injury severities.
COMPLEMENTARY DATA ACQUISITION
BurnCase 3D provides a rich data set containing numerous patient and case data. This data set has been carefully developed with regards to various hospital information systems and international data registers. However, it may easily be adapted or enhanced to special requirements. The graphical user interface provides an intuitive and user friendly input of burn relevant data. The system gives visual feedback concerning the completeness of gathered data.
CLASSIFICATION OF DISEASES AND PROCEDURES
BurnCase 3D offers complete encoding following the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the International Classification of Procedures in Medicine (ICPM). By deriving ICD and ICPM codes on the basis of injuries and anatomical position on the model, the documentation workload can be reduced to a minimum. Supplementary ICD codes may be acquired using the integrated ICD Browser. Furthermore, BurnCase 3D has been designed to collect all relevant data for Diagnosis Related Groups (DRG).
The report module of BurnCase 3D enables creating comprehensive reports by a single click. The automatic generation of reports replaces the inconvenient obligation of filling forms by hand, although format and layout (Lund&Browder, ICD lists, etc.) remain. All reports can easily be adapted for institutional needs. Reports can easily be generated by a single click, which saves a lot of time compared to conventional by-hand-documentation on paper.
The software aims at the establishment of a common documentation standard of burns, any participating institution is invited to help forming this standard.
The worldwide collection of comparable data and the integrated data query tool with its simple and intuitive interface enables comprehensive data analysis in order to deepen the scientific understanding of burn treatment.