WARSAW, Ind. – Medical device company Zimmer Biomet is working with Apple to use the Apple Watch and iPhone to support knee and hip replacement surgery patients.
Zimmer Biomet has developed the mymobility app that uses Apple Watch to help connect patients and their surgical care teams. The two companies are also facilitating a clinical study that will focus on the app’s impact on patient outcomes and overall costs for joint replacement patients.
“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, COO at Apple, in a statement. “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.”
During the study, patients will use the Zimmer Biomet mymobility app with Apple Watch as they progress through their hip or knee replacement journey. Researchers will combine patient-reported feedback with continuous health and activity data from the Apple Watch to provide new insights into the power of the app to impact the standard of care for surgeries. The study launched earlier this month and could enroll as many as 10,000 participants.
“We are incredibly excited to work with Apple to transform the knee and hip replacement experience for patients and surgeons,” said Bryan Hanson, president and CEO of Zimmer Biomet, in a statement. “At Zimmer Biomet, we are committed to improving care decisions through digital health and we are thrilled to launch one of the largest evidence-gathering clinical studies in orthopedic history.”
The Zimmer Biomet mymobility app and Apple Watch will act as a virtual and continuous care team on a patient’s wrist, Hanson said. Patients will be provided with support and guidance as they prepare for and recover from the surgeries, while surgeons will be delivered continuous data to optimize care. The app’s features include the ability for surgeons to send education and therapy reminders directly to the patient’s Apple Watch, and to monitor patient activity levels before and after surgery.
Facilities participating in the mymobility clinical study include the University of Utah Health; Rush University Medical Center; University of Pennsylvania Health System; and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital/Emory Healthcare.