Increased Patient Satisfaction Found During iGetBetter for TKR Patient Care Pilot
Pre- and Post-Op Care Plans Intended To Improve Outcomes and Avoid Readmissions
Sudbury, Mass., February 4, 2015 - iGetBetter, Inc., a supplier of post-acute care transition solutions, announced today that Ran Schwarzkopf MD, Assistant Professor at UC Irvine Medical center has begun a pilot of the iGetBetter system with a patient care plan for Total Knee Replacement (TKR). The iGetBetter cloud-based platform bridges transition of care from hospital to home and engages patients to play an active role in their own care, thus improving outcomes while helping reduce the costs for unnecessary office visits, physical therapy visits, and readmissions.
Patients are enrolled in an iGetBetter TKR care plan that includes both pre-op instructions and questions, as well as post-op instructions and questions regarding pain levels and other information important to the clinician. The patient receives daily a list of physical therapy exercises to be performed that day, including 8-10 seconds videos showing exactly how to perform the exercises, and is asked to confirm that the exercises have been performed. Surgeons and their team monitor their adherence and progress, and intervene if necessary.
“We initiated the iGetBetter pilot in October 2014, to explore how using mobile devices daily for patient engagement, communication of their care plan and monitoring of their adherence to their care plan and their progress might help improve the outcomes for TKR patients, said Dr. Ran Schwarzkopf, an orthopedic surgeon at UC Irvine Medical Center. “Early results are encouraging with increased levels of patient satisfaction, engagement and adherence, and we are looking forward to extending the pilot to hip replacement patients.”
“UC Irvine orthopaedic department, with their perioperative surgical home program, is a wonderfully motivated, patient-centric provider. The iGetBetter platform allows these conscientious clinicians to maintain a virtual presence with their patients, to monitor them daily, and to intervene quickly if circumstances warrant,” said David Lebudzinski, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at iGetBetter. “Their orthopedic program is to be complimented as a perfect example of how providers can use modern technology to meaningfully improve patient lives.”
Established in 2013 and headquartered in Sudbury, MA., iGetBetter, Inc., develops, markets and services a mobile, Web and cloud-based care transition solution designed to help healthcare organizations reduce readmissions by engaging patients in their treatments and recovery as they transition from hospital to home. For more information, please visit www.igetbetter.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.