Smith+Nephew announces remote Physical Therapy (PT) functionality; expanding its ARIA Care Management Platform for ASCs

Smith+Nephew announces key tele-PT assets for its ARIA digital care management platform. ARIA Home PT, a remote physical therapy module will launch in early 2021, with a telehealth module planned for release shortly afterwards.

These modules will expand Smith+Nephew's suite of digital health offerings and underscores the company's continued investment in its Positive Connections program supporting Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) customers.

ARIA Home PT will utilize an on-screen avatar "coach" and remote monitoring to guide patients through post-acute physical therapy at home. The avatar coaches patients through their prescribed program utilizing 3D motion-capture technology to measure movement and capture rehabilitation metrics critical to patient recovery. These sessions occur in combination with live tele-visits with licensed physical therapists. The ARIA Home PT equipment is shipped directly to the patient's home and requires no wearable technology by the patient user. 

An online library of exercises is paired with personalized virtual visits with licensed physical therapists to promote preventive and rehabilitative care of common orthopaedic conditions such as knee osteoarthritis and rotator cuff tears. ARIA Home PT may be of particular interest to self-insured employers and third-party administrators to supplement their existing employee benefits and population health offerings while managing costs.

The modules aim to expand access to care between patients and PT practices and are designed to promote patient education, adherence and satisfaction.

Laura Rector, Vice President for Ambulatory Surgery Centers at Smith+Nephew Said: "We have listened to our ASC customers, and their resounding message has been that the anticipated migration toward same-day surgery and a need for digital health solutions has been hastened in recent months, Patients and providers are seeking new ways to provide healthcare remotely, and our tele-PT asset integrations into ARIA will help further facilitate the ongoing shift of site of care in orthopaedics – pre and post- operatively. It's a timely addition to our Positive Connections toolkit."

Launched in August 2020, ARIA is a connected care solution designed to make clinical staff more efficient, streamline care decisions and lead patients to a life unlimited. To learn more about ARIA, or to register for a product demonstration, visit Think-ARIA.com.

SOURCE Smith & Nephew plc

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