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Jeff Williams, chief operating officer of Apple Inc., speaks during an Apple event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park on September 12, 2018 in Cupertino, California.
As Apple pushes deeper into health care with the Apple Watch, the company is actually developing a plan to help people who are recovering via knee as well as hip replacement surgeries.
On Monday, Apple announced a partnership with medical device company Zimmer Biomet, to combine a completely new app along with health-tracking data via the smartwatch to help determine why certain patients recover faster than others via the procedures. The companies are also working together on a clinical study.
Apple has its sights set square on the $3 trillion U.S. health-care sector as well as is actually continuously exploring medical applications for the watch, most recently adding an FDA-cleared EKG sensor. When of which comes to orthopedics, more than than 1 million Americans get knee as well as hip replacements every year, as well as Zimmer Biomet is actually among the biggest manufacturers of reconstructive products.
Apple as well as Zimmer Biomet have created a mobile app called mymobility, which aims to help guide patients through their surgery to improve their experience, as well as their health outcomes. of which includes educational resources, exercise videos as well as a way for patients to contact their surgeon as well as care team with questions as well as concerns.
The Apple Watch will track steps as well as heart rate data, allowing patients to share of which information with their doctors to provide a clearer picture of how they’re doing after surgery as well as to analyze potential setbacks. For example, if a patient is actually concerned about the level of pain, the care team could see of which the patient walked all 5 miles the previous day, so the problem may be overexertion rather than a serious complication.
Apple as well as Zimmer Biomet are hoping to enroll 10,000 people inside the U.S. inside the study. The app is actually initially available only to patients who enroll inside the study, however of which will eventually be rolled out to everyone, a spokesperson for Zimmer Biomet told CNBC. Participants who don’t own an Apple Watch will receive one for the duration of the project. Fitbit has also looked at using its fitness trackers to monitor patients after surgery.