Stryker (NYSE:SYK) said today it is launching the JointCoach digital patient engagement and education platform designed to improve overall care delivery and experience for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery.
The program release was announced at Stryker’s 9th annual Orthopedic & Spine Summit in Chicago.
“This new platform should play a big part in helping our hospital customers manage a patient’s entire episode of care through CJR and voluntary payment bundles for 90 days and beyond. It represents another example of how Stryker is helping to facilitate the customers understanding of the shift to value-based care,” Stryker reconstructive division GM Stuart Simpson said in a press release.
JointCoach is a web-based communication platform designed to allow joint replacement patients to communicate to their hospital care team from the surgery to 90 days after being discharged from the hotel.
The system allows hospitals to deliver pre-op preparation, medication and pain control information as well as other key facets of recovery during the process, Stryker said.
“At the end of the day, it’s the patient who matters the most. With this new platform, we have created a continuum of patient service that results in optimal care and positive outcomes. We feel that it’s a necessary advancement in the orthopedic space,” Simpson said in prepared remarks.
Stryker will offer the new platform through its Destination Centers of Superior Performance offering across more than 720 hospitals in the U.S., the company said.
Earlier this month, Stryker said it closed its buy of CareFusion‘s vertebral compression fracture portfolio from Becton Dickinson & Co. (NYSE:BDX) in an all-cash transaction and released a street-beating 1st quarter earnings report.
The purchased portfolio is comprised of minimally-invasive systems used in vertebroplasty and vertebral augmentation procedures, which BD purchased as part of CareFusion’s portfolio in March 2015.