In collaboration with leading medical device manufacturer Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices, CSIRO has launched the trial of a ground-breaking digital platform to help patients recover from total knee replacements.

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[Text appears: CSIRO trials knee replacement surgery app and portal to improve patient recovery]

[Images move through of Phillip walking up to the COSI building, entering the building and entering Dr Michael Hunter’s office]

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Dr Michael Hunter: Good morning Phillip.  How are you?  Welcome.  Have a seat. 

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Phillip you’re now six weeks after your knee replacement and you’re going very well. 

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Through the portal we have in the office I’ve been able to track your progress

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which has been fantastic. 

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I can see that your pain and the physiotherapy’s going well.  The exercise you’re doing well

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but I notice your steps are slightly reduced recently

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and there’s one day here in particular note that you’re down to about 1,000 steps. 

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Can you remember what was happening that day?

Phillip:  Well, the weather hasn’t permitted it (laughs).

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Dr Michael Hunter: The weather has been pretty lousy recently so, I’ll give you that and portal also mentions you’re a bit stiff. 

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Your range of movement’s reduced.  How are you going with that?

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Phillip:  I’m doing them every day.  It’s just pushing through the initial pain

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with the exercises and stretching.

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Dr Michael Hunter:  Right OK.  The green dots here on the screen show that you’re doing very well in a couple of areas

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but there are a couple of red dots here that are highlighted that I’ve been keeping an eye on

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that document that your range of motion’s just slightly decreased and obviously after a knee replacement

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we’re very keen for that to be worked on, to be pushed, to try and increase that range of motion. 

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I can keep an eye on you every day

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and observe that and observe your response to the physiotherapy. 

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I understand now you’ve got an appointment with your physiotherapist. 

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He’s going to take you through the next six weeks of your physio and rehab programme

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while I keep an eye on you on the portal.

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Jamie Exton: Well, hi Phil. 

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You’re halfway through your treatment and I hear you’ve just been to see Dr Hunter.  How did that go? 

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He was happy with everything?

Phillip: Yeah.

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Jamie Exton:  OK.  Well, obviously you know you’re part of a trial into using this app and the portal that we’ve developed with total knee joint replacements. 

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So, over the next six weeks you’re going to notice that every week

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we’re going to be updating your exercises and we’ll be using the portal for that.  As far as the app goes you’ve probably noticed already that there’s a lot of education material in there.  Have you been using that educational material? 

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I mean the purpose of that is it follows you as you journey through having a knee joint replacement before and after your surgery. 

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So, you’ll notice that when you get to the four-week mark, you’ll notice that the education material changes and it really talks about nutrition and it talks about

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some of the other benefits of exercise and wellbeing. 

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If you actually turn the phone sideways, you’ll see that you can actually see your last week’s data.  So, you can actually see how you’re going with your steps.  Have you ever tried that?

Phillip:  Yeah.

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Jamie Exton:  It’s a really good feature.  We’re going to be changing a few of your exercises now and

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we’re going to be trying to really press on and improve your physical function over the next little while.  Today we’re going to focus a lot more on the straightening exercises and

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I’m going to use the app to help us with that. 

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Phillip: OK.

[Image changes to show Phillip’s feet on a stool and then the camera zooms up to show Phillip’s outstretched leg]

Jamie Exton:  I want you to lean forward and try and straighten the back of your knee.  Feel a stretch through here through the back of this hamstring.  This is a variation of the stretch that we just showed you.  You’re one of many people on this trial. 

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The CSIRO developed this trial. 

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We’re going to be really trying to improve this software over the next little while.

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[CSIRO logo and text appears: Australia’s innovation catalyst]

Total Knee Replacement App

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Giving patients access to vital healthcare information at their fingertips, the smartphone app will support patients in their pre-surgery preparation and rehabilitation programs.

Total knee replacement procedures in Australia have risen by 77 per cent between 2003 and 2014 alone.

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

The app 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.

This will link to a website where clinicians can configure individual physiotherapy programs and monitor patient progress remotely.

Dr Rob Grenfell, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity Director, said the technology had the potential to make a huge difference to patient recovery.

“The aim of our digital health platforms are to support patients on their surgery journey and recovery," Dr Grenfell said.

"As more Australians face surgical treatment for osteoarthritis, more work needs to be done to understand how we can deliver accessible and cost effective services for patients and clinicians.

"This study will allow us to understand the ways in which the app changes the patient experience.

“The collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices is another great example of science working with industry to improve people’s lives.”

Dr Michael Hunter, an orthopaedic specialist and member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association said patient engagement in their recovery was essential during rehabilitation, and he hoped this interactive app would assist patients to stay on track.

“Studies have demonstrated that sound pre-operative preparation and post-operative rehabilitative exercises following a total knee replacement can improve outcomes by increasing muscle strength, improving joint function, restoring functional mobility, preventing deep vein thrombosis and shortening recovery times,” Dr Hunter said.

“The online portal will also provide instant access to patient recovery data enabling clinicans to act upon progress in real time fashion.”

Launched in November 2016, up to 300 patients will be involved in the trial across five hospitals from multiple states in Australia.

Recruitment of patients is currently underway at Gosford Private Hospital in New South Wales, Mater Hospital Brisbane and Mater Private Hospital Brisbane in Queensland.

The trial will compare the recovery process of patients who receive the normal standard of care against those who receive the normal standard plus the Total Knee Replacement rehabilitation platform designed by CSIRO.

Mr Gavin Fox-Smith, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Managing Director said this trial presents a great opportunity to provide additional support to clinicians and patients undergoing total knee replacement surgery.

“We are committed to improving surgical outcomes to support a patient’s journey from pre-surgery education and exercises to post-operative compliance and return to wellness," Mr Fox-Smith said.

"We believe that the use of innovative technology combined with sound clinical research practices through this clinical trial will provide information to support the best outcomes for patients, surgeons and hospitals.

“CSIRO is a leader in digital health research, so it made sense for us to collaborate with them for this research.”

The trial is an important step prior to introducing the health app to the market, where the use of innovative technology, combined with sound clinical research practices, will provide the best outcomes for patients, surgeons and hospitals.

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  • User interface for knee replacement rehab app

    The app provides patients with practical information including physiotherapy demonstration videos, pre-surgery checklists, reminders and supportive information in text, video and audio format.

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  • User interface for knee replacement rehab app

    The technology also includes a wearable activity tracker to encourage basic exercise, track sleep and self monitor progress.

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  • User interface for knee replacement rehab dashboard

    From the website clinicians can configure individual physiotherapy programs and monitor patient progress remotely.

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  • Knee replacement rehab app physio video

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

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