Restarting Elective Orthopaedic Surgery whilst helping to Keep Patients Safe through Digital Innovation.

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Restarting Elective Orthopaedic Surgery whilst helping to Keep Patients Safe through Digital Innovation.

The COVID-19 global pandemic has seen the healthcare sector evolve an increasingly digital response that will no doubt continue into the future, not only to increase efficiency and reduce costs, but to also give patients more control over their own health and care.

In times of crisis where hospital beds need to be freed for the patients fighting coronavirus, most elective surgeries have been postponed or cancelled. This leaves patients waiting anxiously for long-anticipated and life changing hip or knee surgery. In order to restart elective surgery whilst maintaining the safety of these patients, it is necessary to update the standard orthopaedic pathway to help reduce time spent in hospital, and to allow patients to recover in the comfort of their own home.

B. Braun’s Orthopaedic Pathway streamlines the care pathway through leveraging digital technology to give patients control of their own recovery and rehabilitation. A Range of Motion (ROM) sensor and downloadable app for the patient’s smartphone or tablet provides a digital platform for performing pre-habilitation and rehabilitation exercises, tracking progress, logging pain and keeping in contact with the hospital via a messaging function, helping to reduce the need for outpatient and community physiotherapy appointments.

The communication channel with the hospital provides patients with support in their home environment, placing them at ease after same day discharge post-surgery. Through the increased involvement in their own recovery, patients are empowered to carry out their flexion and extension exercises and in turn, helping to accelerate their rehabilitation.

Within times of crisis and beyond, digitisation is of growing importance within healthcare. From existing digital pathways such as The Orthopaedic Pathway, we can see that reducing pressure on existing systems, monetary savings and increasing patient satisfaction will be key outcomes of an increasingly digital healthcare system.