With 25 years of experience in orthopedic surgery, Consensus Orthopedics knows that it’s sometimes hard to gain an accurate pre-operative and post-operative picture of its total knee and total hip replacement patients. Consensus developed its innovative TracPatch wearable device to give doctors real-time data about a patient’s true condition before surgery, and their progress at home after.
Consensus, wanted to move joint replacement from intuitive medicine, where doctors interpret outcomes based on patient reporting, to precision medicine. They saw that tailoring post-operative care to the individual patient while driving cost down through better outcomes could transform joint replacement. Consensus decided to bank on considerable experience and expertise in orthopedics and develop a game-changing solution called TracPatch. TracPatch is the first orthopedic wearable medical device that allows doctors to see real-time data on a patient’s postoperative progress. It collects and continuously sends activity data—including range of motion (ROM), ambulation, exercise compliance, and wound site temperature trends—to a secure cloud-based platform.The TracPatch app and web interface for physicians allows them to track patient progress. The patient app lets people take control of their own recovery by connecting to the TracPatch device using Bluetooth technology.
Consensus is using the power of IBM Watson Health to capture, manage and analyze the data to help patients, surgeons and hospitals drive better outcomes. In addition to improving post-surgical outcomes, the Watson AI technology will also allow surgeons to plan treatment more strategically. The TracPatch can be applied to pre-operative patients to track their actual, rather than reported, mobility and activity. The surgeon can determine whether the patient truly needs a total knee replacement or is a candidate for other less invasive or costly options.