A massive mHealth study being launched across the country aims to use the Apple Watch and a new digital health app to monitor care coordination and management for patients undergoing knee or hip surgery.

– Several hospitals and health systems across the country will be participating in a massive mHealth study to determine whether an mHealth app and the Apple Watch can be used to improve care management and outcomes for patients undergoing knee or hip replacement surgery.

The study, facilitated by Apple and Zimmer Biomet Holdings, aims to determine whether healthcare providers can use mHealth apps and wearables in a remote patient monitoring program that connects patients to their care teams before and after surgery.

Through Zimmer’s new mymobility app, accessible on the Apple Watch, providers can connect with patients for care coordination prior to surgery, then send daily surveys and physical rehabilitation and medication reminders after surgery. Patients in turn can communicate with their care teams and send daily health and activity information, which is then used to develop or modify care plans.

“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,” Apple CEO Jeff Williams said in a press release. “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.”

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