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The connected patient. Are we about to enter a new era?

Published in N°255 - June (Special)
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The connected patient. Are we about to enter a new era?

By S. Lustig in category TRIBUNE
Centre Albert Trillat – Orthopaedic Surgery Department Croix Rousse Hospital - Lyon

Modern medicine in general and orthopaedic surgery in particular is becoming increasingly specialised, which is without a doubt a good thing. The inevitable disadvantage is that we only focus on our field of expertise and learn less on developments outside our speciality, thus sometimes missing out on significant innovations.

 

Modern medicine in general and orthopaedic surgery in particular is becoming increasingly specialised, which is without a doubt a good thing. The inevitable disadvantage is that we only focus on our field of expertise and learn less on developments outside our speciality, thus sometimes missing out on significant innovations. A recent example is the emergence of fresh interest for the concept of the "connected" or "supported" patient in the field of orthopaedic surgery, and especially prosthetic surgery, whereas this practice is already well-established in other medical specialities such as cardiology, without us, orthopaedic surgeons, being aware of it.

What is it about?

The theory

The idea is that to be able to better manage a patient, it is necessary to empower them in terms of their care and follow-up so they feel more involved. Even if we can of course envisage this during hospitalisation, the current move to shorter stays, especially in the aim for rapid (or "improved") recovery after surgery, does not make it possible to extend stays. In fact, it is exactly the opposite. It was therefore necessary to turn to more innovative tools such as web and mobile platforms like the BePATIENT e-health platform, specially developed for each type of surgery, and for informing and...

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