ANDOVER, Mass. – Smith & Nephew has launched a digital platform that enables orthopaedic surgeons to remotely track their patients’ real-time healing progress. In partnership with Wellframe, a mobile-enabled care management solution provider, Smith & Nephew’s platform collects data from patients by measuring their recovery at regular time points. “Our innovative platform has the potential to revolutionize the recovery process for each patient and provide invaluable data to inform future innovation and clinical practice,” said Andy Weymann, chief medical officer at Smith & Nephew, in a statement. The Wellframe technology includes a care team dashboard and a mobile application that features a daily checklist with education and reminders for patients to engage in behaviors required to aid their surgery preparation and rehabilitation, as well as messaging between surgical teams and patients. Smith & Nephew has conducted research studies on the new platform in select U.S. and U.K. hospitals. “Using mobile technology is a significant improvement over standard care, providing the patient with an easy-to-use tool to report their progress and enabling surgeons to track patient recovery closely,” said Iain McNamara, one of the clinical investigators, in a statement.
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