We've developed a new digital platform for total knee replacement rehabilitation which aims to assist patients manage their surgery preparation and speed up recovery.

The challenge

Patients aren't completing rehab following total knee replacements

Total knee replacement (TKR) is a procedure that has been rising steadily in recent years. In fact there was a 77 per cent increase in TKR surgeries from 2003 to 2014 in Australia, and this trend is likely to continue due to factors such as the aging population and increased obesity rates.

Studies have shown that rehabilitation exercises following TKR surgery can lead to faster recovery times, however many patients fail to implement an effective preparation or rehabilitation plan.

Our response

A digital platform to help patients manage their rehab

We've developed and are trialling digital rehab platform to support more TKR patients completing rehabilitation programs.

Screen shot of iphone rehab app home screen

Our new TKR rehab app aims to assist patients manage their surgery preparation and speed up recovery.

The rehab platform includes a smartphone application (app) which provides patients with practical information including physiotherapy demonstration videos, pre-surgery checklists, reminders and supportive information in text, video and audio format. The technology also includes a wearable activity tracker to encourage basic exercise, track sleep and self monitor progress.

In addition, the platform links to a website where clinicians can configure individual physiotherapy programs and monitor patient progress remotely.

The results

Bridging the communication gaps between clinicians and patients

We've developed a digital tool to support patients and care givers through the total knee replacement journey.

This includes information on the surgery and preparation, patient coaching, assistance with physiotherapy plus use of wearables to motivate patients to self-monitor and engage. The study will show us how the technology impacted patients and carers.

The trial will begin in August 2016 and monitor 250 TKR patients over 18 weeks, beginning pre knee replacement and following their progress through rehabilitation.

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