By Varun Saxena
Johnson’s & Johnson’s ($JNJ) DePuy is launching a comprehensive program to optimize outpatient joint replacement at U.S. ambulatory surgical centers and outpatient hospitals that includes physician training, an educational video for patients to facilitate postoperative recovery and software for outcomes data collection, all in an effort to increase patient satisfaction by getting them home faster.
The moves marks an industry-wide focus on patient engagement and empowerment through strategies like home healthcare. For instance, DePuy says the Patient Athlete video for preoperative planning and postoperative recovery is based on techniques developed at its Human Performance Institute.
“Outpatient joint replacement is an emerging option for healthy, motivated patients that may help them safely recover more quickly, and in the comfort of their own homes, instead of in the hospital,” said Scott Zellner the director of DePuy Synthes Advantage, in a statement. “When performed on the right patient, in the right setting, with trained staff, and leveraging innovative surgical techniques and implant technologies, these procedures have the potential to improve outcomes, speed recovery, manage costs, improve efficiency and increase patient satisfaction.”