Apple inks partnership with Zimmer Biomet to study joint replacement surgery


"We are proud to enable knee and hip replacement patients to use their own data and share it with their doctors seamlessly, so that they can participate in their care and recovery in a way not previously possible through traditional in-person visits".

The said app is known as Mymobility.

Over 1 million people in the US have knee and hip replacements each year. The company aims to enroll up to 10,000 participants in the U.S.

The Apple Watch's health features will keep track of the patient's heart rate and step count.

In addition to the app, Zimmer Biomet is commencing the mymobility Clinical Study, created to study the app's impact on patient outcomes and overall costs for joint replacement patients. Apple's latest watch has FDA approved EKG monitoring inside along with fall detection. They can also monitor the patient's activity levels in preparation for and recovering from surgery.

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Apple and Zimmer Biomet, a global leader in musculo-skeletal healthcare, have launched a major clinical study where an app on Apple Watch and iPhone will guide knee and hip replacement patients through pre- and post-operation care.

Researchers will marry this data and patient-reported feedback with the activity and health data collected by the Apple Watch to determine the effect of the technology on improving patient outcomes and cutting down on costs.

Zimmer Biomet, one of the largest manufacturers in the space, has branched out with technology services as a way to better help patients recover from procedures. 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. Considering the aging population, more people are expected to need knee and hip replacement surgeries in the coming years.

This is not the first time the Apple Watch's health features have made it part of a study. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, at least 30 million people in the USA have some kind of eating disorder, and one hope is the new study reliant on Apple Watch could help researchers predict an episode of binge-eating before it happens. Groups also developed ways for the said device to identify signs of a stroke. They also have inadequate guidance causing them to have fear and be anxious about the surgery.