By Bronwyn Spira, founder and CEO, Force Therapeutics
The national conversation on improving health equity is gaining momentum. In orthopedics, disparities in care manifest primarily as lower utilization rates among minority and lower-income populations, in addition to increased complication and readmission rates. For patients living with daily pain, the cost of not having surgery can be tremendous. An untreated musculoskeletal condition can lead to significant functional impairment and result in sedentary behavior that leads to or worsens co-morbidities, including diabetes, obesity, depression, and opioid misuse.
Digital care management, remote monitoring, and messaging platforms can help health systems and ambulatory surgery centers improve the quality, consistency, and availability of the orthopedic care they deliver. While clinically validated remote education and virtual therapy can improve access to care for vulnerable populations, digital tools must be accessible to all patients, regardless of their location, socioeconomic status, native language, or internet connectivity.
For more information, read the white paper, The Drive for Health Equity: Using Technology to Reduce Barriers to Care in Orthopedics.