Manufacturers of medical products Black-smith+Nephew recently joined forces with the digital startup Huma to create the Peri-op application which will aid in the management of patients undergoing knee and hip replacement surgery.
Through this app, patients receive preoperative counseling, access virtual rehabilitation resources, and can make video calls with their surgical team, while clinicians monitor how patients are recovering and use health data to verify whether patients will be well enough for surgery. A Covid-19 Symptom tracking also checks for self-reported signs of infection before being admitted to hospital and after discharge, reassuring patients and staff.
The app is already in use at five NHS hospitals in the UK, where Huma is the pilot market. It is expected to go live in Germany, Australia, South Africa, India and Malaysia by the end of the year, with Spain and Italy also in development.
Professor Edward Davis, consultant orthopedic surgeon at Ramsay West Midlands Hospital in the UK, said:
âMany hospitals around the world are facing a backlog of patients. They are often older, in pain and have a severely impacted quality of life. The use of this smart technology allows surgical centers to accompany patients throughout treatment, given the considerable constraints of operating and seeing patients during a pandemic. “
The app is currently being used to help more patients safely access elective joint replacement surgery, but the developers hope the data collected will lead to further improvements in surgical decision making and outcomes. According to them, previous research has shown the positive impact that better preparation can have on patients, such as reduced recovery time, and digital services like this can offer timely and personalized information and reminders for patients. help patients prepare.
Simon Tarry, Managing Director of Smith + Nephew in the UK, Ireland and the Nordic countries, explained:
âThe app is a major development that we believe will have an immediate impact on the surgical landscape. In partnership with Huma, we have created a sophisticated application that enables 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 safely get patients back to surgery during the pandemic, but the longer-term capabilities of the app could transform the way surgeons and patients manage their surgical journeys across the board. ‘to come up. “
An app for both patients and surgeons
Huma’s Peri-Op solution consists of two parts: an application for patients and a web portal for surgical teams. The patient app provides timed educational content, activity tracking and licensed quizzes to ensure patients are optimized preoperatively and have increased postoperative support. The web portal provides aggregated and anonymized real-world data that can be used to correlate results with knee or hip implant type, surgery, and rehabilitation approach to support further improvements in clinical care.
Elizabeth Wood, a knee replacement patient who tested the app, said:
âI was very comfortable with the app, it’s like having your own digital doctor at home. Throughout my journey, it allowed me to follow my rehabilitation and to feel incredibly connected. “