The Apple Watch is being used to study joint replacement patients

Desiree Burns
October 16, 2018

The firms will run a study that will use health-tracking information sourced from the Apple Watch.

They have also created a mobile app called Mymobility, which includes learning resources, exercise videos, and a means by which patients can easily contact their care team with concerns. The app will guide patients through their recovery, and will let surgeons send reminders and advice to the patient's Apple Watch, while the smartwatch will send back movement insights to the healthcare professional. In addition, they can monitor patients' activity levels as they prepare for and recover from surgery. At first, the app will be offered only to those who subscribe, although it eventually will be made available to all Apple Watch users.

Medical device company Zimmer Biomet and Apple are teaming up for a new app that will be combined with data tracked from the smartwatch to determine why some patients with knee and hip replacements recover faster than others. "This solution will connect consumers with their doctors continuously, before and after surgery".

More than a million knee and hip replacements happen every year in the USA, according to Zimmer Biomet.

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Zimmer Biomet is also launching a clinical study examining the impact mymobility has on patient outcomes and the cost of joint replacements.

Apple and Zimmer Biomet are looking to enroll a substantial 10,000 people in the US for the study.

Four hospitals and more than a dozen other medical facilities in states including Massachusetts, California, Colorado and MI will receive stats including heart rate, steps taken and standing hours from patients waiting for or recovering from hip and knee replacement surgery.

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