Apple Teams Up With Zimmer Biomet for Clinical Study on Joint Replacement

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Zimmer Biomet, a company that develops joint replacement products, today announced that it is working with Apple to improve patient experience with Apple Watch and iPhone following knee and hip replacements.

A new Zimmer Biomet mymobility app uses the Apple Watch to "facilitate a new level of connection" between patients and their doctors as they recover from major joint replacement surgery. Through the app, patients will be provided with "support and guidance" while preparing for and recovering from surgery, with surgeons able to use the data to "optimize care."


In addition to collecting activity data and allowing surgeons to see recovery progress, the app can be used to send education and therapy reminders directly to patients.

Zimmer Biomet is launching a clinical study to determine the Apple Watch app's impact on patient outcomes and overall costs for joint replacement patients. Knee and hip replacements are common surgeries with more than a million occurring each year in the United States.

As part of the study, which will enroll up to 10,000 people, Zimmer Biomet says that patients will use the mymobility app on the Apple Watch as they progress through the hip or knee replacement journey. Patient reported feedback will be combined with health and activity data from the Apple Watch to see how the mymobility app impacts care.

Apple's chief operating officer Jeff Williams said that with the Apple Watch and Zimmer's app, patients will be able to participate in their own care in ways not previously possible.
"We believe one of the best ways to empower consumers is by giving them the ability to use their health and activity information to improve their own care," said Jeff Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Apple. "We are proud to enable knee and hip replacement patients to use their own data and share it with their doctors seamlessly, so that they can participate in their care and recovery in a way not previously possible through traditional in-person visits. This solution will connect consumers with their doctors continuously, before and after surgery."
Several facilities are participating in the new mymobility Apple Watch clinical study including academic centers, hospitals, and ambulatory surgery centers.

Article Link: Apple Teams Up With Zimmer Biomet for Clinical Study on Joint Replacement
 

MareLuce

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Re: The message showing on the watch

I’ve read that it’s always better to say the positive form

“Remember to do X”

Instead of

“Don’t forget to do X”
 

Will.O.Bie

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In terms of medical tools, Apple seems to be advancing far ahead of any competition (unless I'm mistaken), it's not just a workout buddy anymore. I think the possibilities are endless if they keep this up, and dump that worthless Project Titan already. Of course, this, and all medical trackers, should always be optional and up to the user to give permission to access any health data. Kudos Apple!
 

Kabeyun

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Unfortunately the health system I work for takes a dim view of any communication outside their own EMR product and its proprietary communication pathways. (They are also contracted to use a different vendor’s joints.) This affects employed surgeons more than private practice surgeons, who are free to deploy whatever technology they see fit. Pity.
 
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falainber

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In terms of medical tools, Apple seems to be advancing far ahead of any competition (unless I'm mistaken), it's not just a workout buddy anymore. I think the possibilities are endless if they keep this up, and dump that worthless Project Titan already. Of course, this, and all medical trackers, should always be optional and up to the user to give permission to access any health data. Kudos Apple!
The only medical thing AW does is heart rate tracking. All other devices do the same. Apple does try to get more mileage (and profits) from the tracker than other companies though.
 

MrJeffreyGee

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I hope more medical companies do this to improve quality of life for people and then actually do something about it.
 

rugmankc

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I am one who has many medical issues and understands we are in the early years of wearable technology. But, I think Apple should concentrate on making their current products work correctly before getting too far ahead of themselves.

My Activity App does not work correctly. We have no idea of the issues the ECG Monitor/App will have. IMHO
 

jeff051177

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This really isn't news..... there are lots of companies already doing this commercially. Pretty much all of the major contract clinical trials management companies have this capability - including the one I work for.
 

Unimpossible

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Has anyone actually certified «health and activity data» from the Apple watch to be of such quality it can be used clinically?
 

Mjolnir23

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Unfortunately the health system I work for takes a dim view of any communication outside their own EMR product and its proprietary communication pathways. (They are also contracted to use a different vendor’s joints.) This affects employed surgeons more than private practice surgeons, who are free to deploy whatever technology they see fit. Pity.
This research project does not Require surgeons to use only
Zimmer/biomet implants even though sponsored by the company.
 
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