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The Joint Surgeon's Wish List

By Julie Vetalice

Matthew Dietz, M.D. is an Assistant Professor for the orthopaedics department at West Virginia University School of Medicine. In his surgical practice he performs primary hip and knee arthroplasties, including complex revisions—fueling his research focus on biophysical disruption of biofilms in total joint arthroplasty and the care of patients affected by prosthetic joint infection.

As is well-known, the Baby Boomer joint surgery candidate is a different kind of patient from her grandparents. She is a healthy patient with functional limitations, and as Dr. Dietz described, surgeons “want to provide efficient, safe, surgical care; we want to improve patient outcomes and limit complications. When we do have to deal with complications, we want to address them in a safe, effective manner.”

In the Knowledge Pod at OMTEC 2017, Dr. Dietz shared his take on challenges with patient care using present systems and devices, and offered thoughts on what he’d like to see in the future. Here are three points from Dr. Dietz’s Wish List:

Prevent Burnout
We need to collect data that lets us know how we’re doing. However, with studies showing that 28% of our time is spent on patient care, while 43% of time is spent on data entry to feed electronic medical records, increasing numbers of surgeons are opting to leave the practice altogether. Data entry and data analysis need to be made easier. We need implants and technology that can help to collect information and report it to our healthcare providers.

Read on for more items on Dr. Dietz's Wish List.