Becker's Spine Review—December 19, 2017
Becker's Spine Review reports on how wearables in orthopedics can benefit both patients and physicians in a Q&A with Stephen Lyman, PhD, associate scientist at HSS.
According to Dr. Lyman, a lot of research needs to be done before wearables can be introduced in a clinical setting in orthopedics.
"Wearable technology and telehealth advancements can greatly improve orthopedic patient outcomes by allowing us to accurately measure outcomes following orthopedic procedures," said Dr. Lyman, who notes that this not only allows clinicians to monitor rehabilitation process remotely but also identify any potential problems. This can help reduce the number of physical therapy visits or post-operative clinic visits.
When asked about potential challenges, Dr. Lyman points to the importance of validating the information received from wearables to answer the question 'what matters?'. This data then needs to be in a usable format for both patient and provider. Lastly, patients will need to be compliant with wearables in order to integrate the data into their care pathway.
Read the full Q&A at beckersspine.com.