Dr. Jonathan Fialkov writes about the benefits that digital tools, such as the Rati-Fi® Patient Engagement and Informed Consent Platform can bring to orthopaedic surgeons in the face of unprecedented numbers of knee and hip operations. Automating office processes, as well as engaging and educating patients increases efficiency, reduces patient anxiety and frees up doctors and nurses to focus on specific questions and concerns.
“The aging baby boomer population is expected to drive the need for knee and hip replacement operations by unprecedented numbers over the next 15 years. A study published by the National Institute of Health estimates that by 2030 the number of total hip arthroplasties will increase by 174%, reaching 572,000 procedures, and the number of primary total knee replacements may increase by 673% to reach 3.48 million procedures! These statistics must be coupled with a diminishing surgeon workforce, decreasing reimbursement and increasing demands by bundled care initiatives. As a result, the pressure will be on for orthopaedic surgeons to improve practice efficiencies, increase patient flow and secure high patient satisfaction ratings.”
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