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MOVITA funded to reduce hospital visits after knee joint replacement

In July of last year, we announced that we were joining a consortium to collaborate on wearable technology. On this National Biomechanics Day, in which we celebrate the Breakthrough Science of the 21st Century, we are happy to announce that the project has been funded! Funding is provided by the Innovative Medical Devices Initiative of NWO/ZonMw through Health~Holland.

In the project, led by prof. dr. Mirjam Pijnappels, we will be working on improving treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA). In just the Netherlands, yearly costs of knee OA are €488 million, of which more than half is spent in hospital care. An important reason for these high costs is the 20% of patients who are dissatisfied after a Total Knee Replacement (TKR), and who end up requiring more hospital visits with costly imaging procedures, and also prolonged rehabilitation with physical therapists.

In MOVITA, we’ll be creating a solution to remotely & objectively measure daily-life physical behaviour (MOve), VIsualize functional recovery and TAilor treatment. By identifying early which patients are recovering poorly or particularly well, physicians can intervene earlier with more or less treatment, as required for the patient’s recovery. As a consequence of this, and also by reducing the number of required hospital visits, the solution should result in a lower economic burden and more satisfied patients.

To the consortium, Moveshelf will contribute cloud-based processing and visualization of data from wearables. Moveshelf will also contribute testing of integration with 3rd party clinical applications such as Electronic Health Records, to ensure that orthopaedic surgeons get more insight into the results from daily-life movement analysis, right in the place where they do their daily work.

We’re excited to get started with our partners!

  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
  • Sint Maartenskliniek, Orthopaedics department
  • Noordwest Ziekenhuisgroep, Orthopaedics department
  • McRoberts B.V.