Smith+Nephew partnered with Huma to launch a remote patient monitoring app for orthopedic surgery.
Smith+Nephew provided the orthopedic expertise and Huma applied its digital technology to create an app that will assist in the management of patients undergoing knee and hip replacement. Patients receive pre-surgery guidance, access virtual rehabilitation resources and can have video calls with their surgical team, while clinicians can monitor patient recovery and use health data to affirm that patients will be well enough for surgery. The platform includes a COVID-19 symptom tracker to check for self-reported signs of infection before being admitted to hospital and after discharge.
In the future, the application of artificial intelligence to the data collected may lead to further improvements in surgical decision making and outcomes.
Simon Tarry, Managing Director, U.K., Ireland & Nordics at Smith+Nephew, said, “Partnering with Huma, we have created a sophisticated app which allows Smith+Nephew to support an end-to-end platform and solution around the prosthesis itself. In the short-term, the app will support our mission to get patients back into surgery safely during the pandemic, but the longer-term capabilities of the app could transform how surgeons and patients manage their surgical pathways in the future.”
Pilot programs are underway in several U.K. hospitals, with immediate plans to roll out the app to an additional 10 NHS and private hospitals in coming weeks.