HOI Participates in National Joint Replacement Study


Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI) is the only Southern California hospital participating in one of the largest clinical studies in orthopedic history – the multi-site Zimmer Biomet mymobility™ Clinical Study. HOI is one of 18 sites throughout the U.S. participating, which seeks to assess the impact on patient outcomes and overall costs for as many as 10,000 hip and knee joint replacements across the nation.

Millions of Americans receive a hip or knee replacement each year, making the procedures two of the most commonly performed in the country. Zimmer Biomet’s mymobility app, used in conjunction with an Apple Watch wrist wearable device and iPhone mobile digital device, will act as a virtual and continuous care team on each patient’s wrist.

The app has several features that use both Apple Watch and the iPhone, including the ability for surgeons to send education and therapy reminders directly to the patient’s Apple Watch. The app also allows surgeons to monitor patient activity levels throughout the days and weeks while they are preparing for and recovering from surgery.

“Our research team is looking forward to analyzing the efficacy of this novel approach to tracking patients before and after joint replacement surgery,” said Steven Barnett, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon and principal investigator for the study at HOI. “The ability to accurately track the activity levels of our patients before and after joint replacement will give us quantitative, unbiased measurements to further enhance and improve upon our patients’ experiences throughout the continuum of care.”

In what will be one of the largest evidence-gathering clinical studies in orthopedic history, HOI will be able to combine patient-reported feedback with the continuous health and activity data gathered by the Apple Watch to guide patients through pre- and post-op care.

“We’re excited at the prospect of using the data and insights gleaned from this innovative study to continue to drive value and improve care for our patients,” said Jennifer Mitzner, CEO of HOI. “This is yet another example of how Hoag Orthopedic Institute is forging the future of care delivery with its continued commitment to advancements in digital solutions with the aim of improving the entire continuum of care for those we serve.”

For more information, call 888-329-6328 or visit the mymobility clinical study page.