Through enabling the digital instrumentation of orthopaedic devices and associated supports and strappings outside of a clinical environment, healthcare professionals, for the first time will be able to monitor how a patient is conforming to their specific pathway to rehabilitation and make decisions based on real time calculations. This can not only lead to optimal recovery times but reduce the burden on the healthcare provider from both a cost and time perspective with face to face meetings limited to necessary appointments.
The use of an associated app allows all recorded data to be easily accessible for both the patient and clinician at all times via a phone, tablet or web application. This visualisation of data allows for informed choices and recommendations to be made based on real time information.
The treatment of orthopaedic patients, especially outside of a controlled clinical environment has not seen any real fundamental change for several decades. Through the analysis of recorded data, clinicians and patients now have the opportunity to remotely monitor pathways to recovery, freeing up valuable time for surgeons whilst better supporting the patient’s individual needs.
With the general practice of appointments being scheduled face to face at regular intervals, huge time and resource pressures have been placed on the healthcare system to support this direct contact. The VCD platform allows for collected data to be analysed at increased intervals ensuring contact is only required when absolutely necessary.
The present system of scheduling contact based upon current best practice fails to take into account...
If a complication occurs during the intervals between outpatient visits, the opportunity to treat and correct early may be lost.
Around 80% of routine orthopaedic outpatient appointments simply confirm that everything is proceeding as expected and no change in treatment is required resulting in major pressures on the hospital system.
VCD is able to deliver into an orthopaedic environment using our core technical competencies to deliver against stringent quality standards.
These include miniaturisation and battery optimisation, multi comms interface capability, fast prototyping into volume manufacture and software/hardware data connectivity. The result being the ability to monitor both pre and post operatively to ensure the best possible outcomes for a patient and healthcare provider are being met.
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Gavin Jennings, explains how VCD technology will remotely support both the clinician and patient during post-operative rehabilitation plans, allowing for the optimal recovery period.
Mr Nima Heidari, foot and ankle specialist, explains the benefits of accurately monitoring bone union without the requirement to regularly see a consultant or have the associated scans and X-rays.