The British medtech giant seeks to tap digital health to fuel growth in orthopedics. The Aria Home PT remote physical therapy device is the latest example.It’s the size of a small flatscreen TV and shows up at someone’s house before they undergo knee or hip surgery at an ambulatory surgery center, interacting with them throughout the entire episode of care. Think interactive home physical therapy sessions, education, telehealth visits and more — all delivered with the help of a friendly avatar called Aria.
That’s the promise that Smith+Nephew (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN) officials see in their Aria Home PT remote physical therapy device, launched in May as one of the latest additions to the company’s Aria digital care management platform.
“Our goal is to be the fastest-growing, most innovative orthopedic company out there, and our focus on digital health is one of the ways that we’re getting there,” said Laura Rector, S+N’s VP of ambulatory surgery center strategy and digital health.