Patients will use Zimmer Biomet mymobility with the Apple Watch and researchers will gather patient-reported feedback as well as continuous health and activity data to examine the app's impact. There are more than a million hip and knee replacements performed in the USA each year, so if the trial proves successful in speeding up recovery time, the market potential could be formidable.
Apple, Apple Watch and iPhone are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc. The study is launching today and has the possibility to enroll as many as 10,000 patient participants in the United States. Under the partnership, health-tracking data from the Apple Watch will be sent to a new app to help determine why some patients recover faster than others. This collaboration has yielded Zimmer Biomet mymobility™, an app that uses Apple Watch to facilitate a new level of connection between patients and their surgical care teams, which can immediately impact the journey patients experience when they undergo these procedures.
Participants will use Zimmer Biomet mymobility's Apple Watch app as a digital interactive care plan to help guide them in surgery preparation, recovery and rehab tasks. The app also tracks their physical activities allowing their doctors to monitor those actions.
To learn more about the mymobility Clinical Study, visit zbmymobility.com/clinical-study. It includes educational resources, exercise videos and a way for patients to contact their surgeon and care team with questions and concerns.
"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, Chief Operating Officer at Apple, in a statement. It partnered with Zimmer Biomet on an application for patients of knee and hip replacement. The app will only be available to them for now, for the duration of the study but the company is planning to release it to everyone in the near future. Furthermore, the app has a messaging platform that enables patients to communicate with their physicians anytime.
Currently, patients who will undergo hip and knee replacements have low support.
Apple has been working on new health initiatives for its users, announcing the Apple Watch Series 4 last month, which can detect heart problems, positioning the new watch as a more comprehensive health device.