Hospitals, Patient Engagement

Hospital co-develops app with SeamlessMD to improve joint replacement care

Toronto-based SeamlessMD is partnering with Holland Orthopaedic & Arthritic Centre, part of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in the same city, to introduce myHip&Knee, a free app that helps patients both before and after joint replacements.

Just two weeks after securing a $1.1 million seed round, SeamlessMD, a startup developer of a communications app for postoperative patients, has teamed with Canada’s largest provider of hip and knee replacements on a specialized version of the app.

Toronto-based SeamlessMD is partnering with Holland Orthopaedic & Arthritic Centre, part of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in the same city, to introduce myHip&Knee. The free app helps patients both before and after joint replacements.

“After conducting focus groups, we learned that many of our patients had access to smartphones and tablets, and wanted to be engaged through mobile applications,” Deborah Kennedy, manager of Hip & Knee program development at the Holland Centre, said in a statement from SeamlessMD. “This led our team to pursue this additional partner in care – a mobile app for smartphone and tablet users.”

myHip&Knee sends reminders to patients prior surgery, including a daily check-in to assess symptoms, pain levels and range of motion in the joint to be operated on. Post-discharge, the app delivers educational material, including exercise videos, to aid in recovery at home.

The Holland Centre will collect data from the app to analyze how patients recover from surgery.

“The aim is that myHip&Knee will improve patient recovery by encouraging patients to complete exercises, checking in on pain levels and mobility, and advising patients when to seek more help,” orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Gollish, medical director of the Holland Centre, said.

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