One of the challenges of surgical recovery is that patients compliance. Post surgical instructions can be confusing, or they can be forgotten altogether. Even if a patient remembers a doctor’s instructions at first, the patient might forget them in a matter of weeks, or even days. But a new research project aims to test whether technology can boost patient engagement, patient adherence, and patient empowerment in the post-surgery recovery environment.
A company, SeamlessMD, has developed the tablet-based surgery recovery app. It’s called ERAS, short for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery. The app conveys the doctors’ instructions and provides checklists for the patients to follow. ERAS provides patients with a daily self assessment. along with feedback, to keep patients focused on what they need to do to recover. By marking the patients’ progress, the app can motivate patients to stay on track to reaching their recovery goals. At least, that’s what SeamlessMD hopes to achieve.
SeamlessMD is testing out ERAS with McGill University in Quebec, Canada, according to MobiHealthNews. The university will use the app at the McGill Steinberg-Bernstein Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery. The study is funded by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.
The study aims to evaluate how the app helps patients reach recovery goals. In the first phase of the study, each patient in a small study group will receive a tablet preloaded with the app that they’ll keep at their bedside. The care plan in the app will cover everything from education, recovery, and daily self assessments. A second phase of the study is also planned, which will evaluate post-surgery patients in a randomized clinical trial. These studies will also gauge how well the app helps hospitals improve. SeamLessMD says the app could reduce the length of stay, which cuts down on health care costs. By tracking patient recovery data electronically, the app also enables hospitals to conduct automated audits, further cutting down on costs. These benefits to the patients, as well as the hospitals — still need to be tested. But physicians are eager to see how the technology works in action.
“Currently, the ERAS protocol and audit tool is resource intensive and requires additional personnel,” Liane Feldman, principal investigator for the study told MobiHealthNews. “We also wanted new ways to engage patients in their recovery. We have been looking for an innovative solution to help with this.”
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