Digital Orthopaedics: A Glimpse Into the Future in the Midst of a Pandemic

Stefano A. Bini, Peter L. Schilling, Shaun P. Patel, Niraj V. Kalore, Michael P. Ast, Joseph D. Maratt, Dustin J. Schuett, Charles M. Lawrie, Christopher C. Chung, G. Daxton Steele

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Abstract

Background: The response to COVID-19 catalyzed the adoption and integration of digital health tools into the health care delivery model for musculoskeletal patients. The change, suspension, or relaxation of Medicare and federal guidelines enabled the rapid implementation of these technologies. The expansion of payment models for virtual care facilitated its rapid adoption. The authors aim to provide several examples of digital health solutions utilized to manage orthopedic patients during the pandemic and discuss what features of these technologies are likely to continue to provide value to patients and clinicians following its resolution. Conclusion: The widespread adoption of new technologies enabling providers to care for patients remotely has the potential to permanently change the expectations of all stakeholders about the way care is provided in orthopedics. The new era of Digital Orthopaedics will see a gradual and nondisruptive integration of technologies that support the patient's journey through the successful management of their musculoskeletal disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S68-S73
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Volume35
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020

Keywords

  • covid-19
  • digital health
  • digital orthopaedics
  • future
  • telehealth
  • virtual visits

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