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Advancing access and equity for orthopedic patients in Connecticut

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | August 18, 2023 Business Affairs
NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Force Therapeutics, a musculoskeletal digital care management platform, announced today a new collaboration with UConn Health, Connecticut's only public academic medical center, to further enhance orthopedic care access and health equity for musculoskeletal patients.

Force Therapeutics digital care management platform enables strategic initiatives for enhancing engagement of UConn Health patients across its spine, joint, and sports medicine service lines, consolidating point solutions, standardizing patient education and care pathways, and consistently collecting patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs). The platform's interactive educational content, customized goal setting, and direct messaging tools are designed to keep patients engaged in their post-surgery recoveries or non-surgical care pathways.

The Force Therapeutics platform makes the delivery of clinically validated education and remote physical therapy easily accessible to all patients, such as those with socioeconomic barriers or those living in rural areas, to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction while increasing efficiency and reducing costs.

"We are delighted to team up with UConn Health to support its exceptional holistic approach to orthopedic care with remote monitoring capabilities and digital education tools," said Bronwyn Spira, CEO, Force Therapeutics. "UConn Health is engaging patients in their own care and making care delivery more efficient for care teams, while ensuring high-quality patient care outcomes."

UConn Health is an integrated academic medical center in Farmington, Conn., with a tripartite mission of excellence in academics, research, and clinical care.

"As a mission-driven, public-service-based state agency, UConn Health strives to make significant contributions to the improvement of the health of Connecticut citizens, particularly in underserved communities," said Isaac Moss, MD, Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health. "Extending a comprehensive digital care platform to our patients in their homes will enable us to improve access to care across our communities and help all patients achieve the best possible outcomes while also advancing health equity throughout the state."

By enabling high levels of patient engagement, UConn Health plans to use the data collected via the Force Therapeutics platform to measure multiple discrete data points, such as pain and exercise adherence, which will help inform evidence-based care design and standardization goals. Key performance indicators, such as length of stay, readmissions, and patient safety will give UConn Health insight into macro trends at the procedural, clinician, facility, and population levels for ongoing quality improvement. In addition, UConn Health will be prepared to meet increasingly rigorous reporting requirements by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the collection and reporting of demographic and social determinants of health data, as well as the incorporation of PROs into measuring care performance.

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