Improving pathways in elective orthopaedic surgery

heartbeat participates in a government-funded study to prove cost-effectiveness and better outpatient care with PROMs.

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The Federal Joint Committee’s Innovation Fund

In Germany, the Care Provision Strengthening Act of 2015 aimed to safeguard the ongoing supply and development of high-quality medical care that is easily accessible to all. The Federal Joint Committee that comes under this act and is responsible for the promotion of innovative healthcare advancement projects to benefit patients and their health. PROMoting Quality is privileged to have the support of 3.5 million euros from the Committee’s Innovation Fund.

PROMoting Quality

PROMoting Quality is a collaborative research project involving all stakeholders in the healthcare value chain. The goal is that through working together we can investigate the use of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) for cost-effectiveness and for the early detection of post-surgical complications. The study is a multi-centre, randomised intervention with economic evaluation, wherein PROMs are used to assess the treatment pathways for knee and hip prostheses.

Early identification of postoperative complications using PROs

PROMoting Quality, which was launched in April of 2019, believes that through the digital collection of PROs following knee and hip joint replacement surgeries, early postoperative complications can be identified. Timely initiation of follow-up treatment should increase patient success and cost-effectiveness of treatments for insurers.

The project aspires to close the care gap between the acute inpatient and outpatient through heartbeat’s accredited PROMs sets to track patients’ health progress post-operatively. 

Without timely and standardised information about symptoms, e.g. the impairment of the patient’s quality of life, doctors can not take steps to address the problems underlying the symptoms before they advance further.

Pillars of the initiative: leading endoprosthetic clinics and major health insurances

Under the direction of Technical University (TU) Berlin, heartbeat is working with nine specialised clinics with a focus on endoprosthetic throughout Germany, along with the health insurers BARMER, the BKK umbrella organization and the aQua institute. As a consortium partner, heartbeat ensures the implementation of the study through the digital recording of Patient-Reported Outcomes. 

The involved clinics are:

10,000 patients forecast with planned hip or knee replacements

From October 2019  onwards, 10,000 patients with a planned hip or knee replacement will be included in the study. An intervention group participates in questionnaires at intervals of one, three, six and twelve months following their respective surgeries. The project, including patient recruitment and data analytics, is on-track to be completed within four years. 

We at heartbeat are enthusiastic that this multidisciplinary research initiative will lead to informative healthcare advancements that will benefit patients by placing them at the heart of their care!

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Written by
Yannik Schreckenberger

Co-founder & CEO of heartbeat, former Hacking Health Berlin lead organiser, physicist and tech enthusiast.

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