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Medtech Smith & Nephew have teamed up with digital health firm Huma to launch a new app to remotely monitor orthopaedic surgery patients. Smith & Nephew have provided orthopaedic expertise for the app, while Huma has provided the digital technology side.

Due to COVID-19-related delays, there are currently an estimated 250,000 patients awaiting orthopaedic operations, with surgery in the UK running at around 50 per cent of its usual capacity.

The new app is designed to help restart safe surgery, by assisting surgeons in preparing patients for surgery and monitoring them to ensure improved outcomes afterwards, all while reducing the need to hold face-to-face appointments.

The app provides patients with pre-surgery guidance and virtual rehabilitation resources, as well as providing the option for video consultations with their surgical team. Clinicians can use the app to consult health data to ensure patients are healthy enough for surgery and to monitor patients’ recovery post-op.

The app also feature a COVID-19 symptom tracker to monitor signs of infection prior to hospital admission and post-discharge.

Smith & Nephew MD for UK, Ireland and Nordics Simon Tarry said: “Our new service is a major development, and we believe it will make an immediate impact on the surgical landscape. Partnering with Huma, we have created a highly sophisticated app, allowing Smith & Nephew to offer an end-to-end service around the prosthesis itself.”

“In the short-term, the app will support our mission to get patients back into surgery safely during the pandemic, but the longer-term capabilities of the app could transform how surgeons and patients manage their surgical pathways in the future.”

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