Zimmer Biomet Acquires RespondWell Telerehabilitation Platform for Signature Solutions

By Julie A. Vetalice

Zimmer Biomet acquired RespondWell® telerehabilitation technology, designed to provide personalized, clinician-supervised post-surgical physical therapy in a patient's home.

ZBH's Signature Solutions remote rehabilitation platform, Therapy@Home, features a personalized rehabilitation plan, a video-gaming-style exercise system with on-screen digital instructors and reward features earned through increased patient participation and consistency. The system allows the patient's clinical care team to remotely monitor patient progress and activity, and digitally communicate with the patient, potentially reducing the costs associated with follow-up visits and clinic-based rehabilitation programs.

ZBH is launching research partnerships for the Signature Solutions suite at selected academic research institutions in the U.S., with a broader commercial release slated for 2017. (Initial limited U.S. launch occurred in early 3Q16.)

Similar initiatives include:

DePuy Synthes' ADVANTAGE™ Outpatient Solutions Program for joint replacement in ambulatory surgical centers and outpatient hospitals

Stryker Performance Solutions' JointCOACH™, a digital engagement and education platform to coordinate care delivery and improve the experience of patients undergoing joint replacement

Sources: Zimmer Biomet, Inc.; ORTHOWORLD Inc.

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