I’m on the sidelines watching the movements of every soccer player on the field, anticipating the next sports injury. The game was well into the second half with no injuries and it seemed I would be able to go home early. But then, like a dramatic scene on ER, I see a coach collapse face down on the ground.
The wait and see approach is over. Medicare’s mandatory Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) initiative goes live April 1st, 2016. This marks a declarative shift to value based care; officially placing hospitals at financial risk if health systems are unable to deliver good outcomes for patients with hip and knee joint replacements.
Can we really afford 1,000,000 Tai Chi Instructors? According to the CDC, we spend over $34 billion in direct medical costs each year to treat older adults who have fallen. Those costs are expected to increase exponentially as the baby boomers age.
This month the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services has the chance to push forward an innovative and game-changing rule regarding bundled payments for full hip and knee replacements. Many prominent medical societies, includingthe American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), have argued that they should take their time and delay – at least a year.
Big news for us at Reflexion Health this week. The FDA declared our first product, VeraTM, “cleared” and ready to market to healthcare providers and patients as a medical device. It’s an important milestone for our company, and importantly, it’s another piece of evidence that a new industry – Digital Medicine – is taking off. It’s caused me to step back and think more concretely on what we’re doing up to now, and what principles should guide us as a company as we move on to our next phase of growth.
One of clinicians' greatest fears is that they'll be rendered obsolete by new technology. Could it really happen? The fear of being replaced pierces right through the heart of technology-resistant clinicians, generating notions that something like the Skynet will somehow terminate healthcare providers and replace them with robots that provide patient care.
When it comes to transforming healthcare delivery, I’m reminded of Evel Knievel and his fan fared leap over the Snake River Canyon; a jump so big that not even the world’s greatest daredevil could successfully conquer it. But who could really deny the need for improving healthcare? Who could argue against new healthcare policy that champions the ideals of the Triple Aim?
In partnership with Reflexion Health, Brooks Rehabilitation is leveraging Microsoft™ technology to improve the patient experience after a knee or hip replacement. The two organizations have begun piloting a Microsoft Kinect™-based physical therapy program to monitor patients as they perform their rehabilitation exercises at home.