Calcium was recently included in BONEZONE, a leading publication for orthopedic product development engineers, global sourcing professionals and device company executives. Their piece reviews both present and future state and how orthopedic companies are approaching technology.
An excerpt of their piece, Orthopedic Companies Add Patient Monitoring to Digital Suites, is included below.
Tech startup Calcium is an example of a new platform that provides personalized communication pathways for a better experience and procedural outcomes.
What’s Next for Digital Orthopedic Tools?
Arti Bedi Pullins is the founder of Pundit Consultantz, a healthcare innovation and creative services design consultancy. She has followed healthcare’s shift in technology adoption and helped companies market and implement new technologies.
Pullins pointed to Stryker and Zimmer Biomet as two orthopedic companies successfully leveraging fully-integrated wearables, apps and education curriculums throughout a patient’s surgery and recovery journey. The future, she said, will bring a greater emphasis on the merging of patient engagement technologies, sensor-based tools (wearables) and platforms that will deliver more personalized patient pathways.
“Tech startup Calcium is an example of a new platform that provides personalized communication pathways for a better experience and procedural outcomes,” Pullins said. “Another area that is potentially ripe for consolidation is sensors. These devices’ data and communication avenues are critical to helping care providers track patients’ progress and prevent post-surgery complications that require medical intervention. Consolidation between medtech manufacturers and patient engagement digital providers will define measurable results across the continuum of care, including providers, payors, manufacturers and technologists.”
When asked what lessons can be learned by companies that are launching these tools, Pullins stressed the importance of building solutions based on the perspective of the patient and understanding contact points to construct a patient-first approach.
“This is called using a scrum framework in the technology or engineering world, and medtech companies should adopt their hybrid strategy,” she said. “Create a centralized functioning team that provides patient focus, product development-based metrics, coordinated clinical resources and activities to avoid gaps. Enable the team to engage directly with patients and clinicians using self-service portals, webinars, telehealth/social media to support remote interactions with healthcare professionals and additional stakeholders like payors, hospital leaders and procurement professionals. Document results successes with providers, clinical teams, surgeons and patients to gain CMS, CPT, FDA, private insurance and regulatory compliances needed for scale.”
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