Surgeons excited by the power of big tech in orthopedics

Big tech’s push into healthcare promises big things for the orthopedic industry as wearable technologies offer providers data and insights in a way they have never had at their disposal.

Remote patient monitoring has exploded in recent years — particularly during the pandemic for patients with acute and chronic conditions — and wearable technologies have the potential to feed providers information more quickly and more efficiently than before.

In orthopedics, many patients are going home with wearable devices to monitor recovery and range of motion following total knee replacement surgery.

MotionSense, a connected wearable and app created by OrthoSensor, is designed to engage and motivate patients in their recovery from joint replacement while informing their care team of their progress. The technology uses data to create personalized exercise programs and allows patients to share photos of wound progress or other concerns with their care team.

“The goal is for early intervention/modification when patients are struggling and even early discontinuation of physical therapy for those who excel. “Data is power when actionable,” said Cory Calendine, MD, a surgeon at Franklin-based Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee, which is implementing MotionSense this year.

OrthoSensor’s technology clearly made an impression among orthopedic surgeons; Stryker acquired the startup in January 2021 and plans to develop its own portfolio of wearables and smart implants.

By Alan Condon | Becker’s Spine Review

Image Credit: Stryker


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