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New app to improve health outcomes for people with orthopaedic devices

28 July 2022

A Queensland digital health innovation aims to improve health outcomes for patients with orthopaedic device-related infections, thanks to a collaborative and multidisciplinary research approach.

Initially, the research team, led by Director of the Jamieson Trauma Institute Professor Michael Schuetz, aimed to develop a medical consultation portal but realised they could achieve greater benefits by creating a patient communications platform.

The overarching goal was to deliver better health outcomes through more personalised patient communications while simultaneously supplying and collecting all the clinical information required along the patient journey.

The team used Health Translation Queensland seed grant funding (from its Trauma, Critical Care and Recovery Theme) to develop a prototype patient-centric communications platform that supports people along their care pathway. Industry partner, Liquid State, will integrate the app with the PEP Health platform framework.

Four QUT Information Technology Capstone Project students worked alongside the health research team and industry partner. The students established the communications concept, outlined the app’s priority functions and provided a visual overview and demo video as discussion tools for workshops and stakeholder meetings. They have also proposed a novel gamification element for the app.

The team has developed a pilot demo version of the app with simulation software. The next steps are to integrate the proposed app with the PEP platform and progress the clinical and administration dashboard. This medical consultation portal will work alongside the patient app to manage patient communication and support. This service will include developing an AI- and evidence-based referral portal.

The team is confident they have a clear pathway to translation and are now seeking further funding to test and implement this digital health solution. They expect to deliver a functional pilot app by mid-2023, ready for testing by mDRIFT patients and the clinical team.

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