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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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
  2. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    Apple is going all in on this health kick.
  3. MareLuce macrumors 6502a

    Sep 26, 2010
    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”
  4. Fozziebear71 macrumors 6502


    Sep 23, 2014
    Is Apple trying to make the Apple Watch the ultimate old person tracker or what?
  5. The Barron macrumors 6502

    Mar 5, 2009
  6. Will.O.Bie macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2016
    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!
  7. Kabeyun, Oct 15, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2018

    Kabeyun macrumors 68000


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    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.
  8. falainber macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2016
    Wild West
    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.
  9. Fozziebear71 macrumors 6502


    Sep 23, 2014
  10. MrJeffreyGee macrumors regular


    Apr 20, 2009
    I hope more medical companies do this to improve quality of life for people and then actually do something about it.
  11. rugmankc macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2014
    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
  12. jeff051177 macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2011
    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.
  13. Unimpossible macrumors member


    Jun 1, 2018
    Has anyone actually certified «health and activity data» from the Apple watch to be of such quality it can be used clinically?
  14. Mjolnir23 macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2017
    This research project does not Require surgeons to use only
    Zimmer/biomet implants even though sponsored by the company.

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