Reducing Post-Acute Care Costs With Wearable Technology—Part 4


“It’s nice to know in real-time which patients are the outliers.”
—Physician Orthopedic Surgeon

“The ability to monitor patient progress, post-surgery is compelling
—Chief Medical Officer, Health System

“Pain very key. Today it is captured through EMR by nurses during patient encounters, because there is a care team member to record it. If the patient is at home, there is no way to document.”
—Executive, Leading Health System

“SMART wearables in the Home remove our blind spot.”
—Executive, Leading Health System

  • Optimize Outcomes

    Support prehab, motivate and involve patients, transition more recovery to in-home settings, speed recovery times, and avoid re-admissions.
  • Gain Visibility into Patient Recovery

    Make patient progress visible to providers and patient caregivers at any time, and enable appropriate interventions whenever necessary.
  • Deliver Excellent Patient Experience

    Involve patients as a key partner in their recovery, give them tools that will help them succeed, and instill confidence that patients will be monitored every step of the way.





Breg Flex Wearable

Breg Flex Wearable


Orthopedic, Sports Medicine, Rehab and Physical Therapy providers want TJR patients to get their lives back. Yet under episodes of care models, readmissions, ED visits and complications, and the cost of health are borne by providers; putting their profit margins are at risk. It does not have to be that way. With the addition of wearable technology coupled with telehealth, mobile and patient event dashboards, providers can now better care for their patients without losing their bottom line, particularly in the post-acute care blind spot. 

From pre-screening all the way through to complete recovery, wearable mobile technology keeps both the patient and the provider in the know. No longer are doctors and PTs uninformed of a patient’s progress outside the practice walls and no longer are patients uninvolved in their own health. With wearable technology, patient recovery is a team effort where motivated patients, personalized recovery plans, live visual coaching can pay off. With pre-rehabilitation and post-acute care monitoring throughout the 90-day event, wearable mobile technology helps to conquer the most important factors in provider profitability in post-acute care services: avoiding readmissions, ED visits, shifting care away from SNFs to the home, and reducing outpatient PT and home health visits. 

With increasing adoption of value-based reimbursement programs on the horizon, we anticipate provider organizations will be looking for more innovative solutions such as the wearable mobile technologies that come to market.



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