Zimmer Biomet (ZBH) and Apple have co-developed mymobility™, an Apple Watch app designed to facilitate connection between hip and knee replacement patients and their surgical care teams. With the app and an iPhone, patients can receive pre- and post-op education and therapy reminders, while surgeons can monitor continuous data, such as activity levels.
ZBH has launched a U.S. clinical study to investigate the app's impact on patient outcomes and overall patient costs. Using subject-reported feedback from up to 10,000 enrollees, plus the continuous health and activity data from Apple Watch, the company seeks to glean new insights into the app's ability to impact the standard of care.
Source: Zimmer Biomet, Inc.
The field of apps and wearables to collect data and address the patient's experience is expanding. In 2017, Consensus Orthopedics launched TracPatch™, a wearable device offering real-time, continuous post-surgical remote patient monitoring. Breg markets Flex, which also launched in 2017; it offers a suite of mobile solutions to support and improve hip and knee patients’ at-home recovery. Late in the same year, Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions introduced Health Partner digital tools to prepare patients for hip or knee surgery. (Source: ORTHOWORLD Inc.)