Force Therapeutics, a musculoskeletal digital care management platform, announced 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.

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“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,” says 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,” says 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 digital care management 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 PROMs into measuring care performance. 

In addition to making care more easily accessible to all patients, UConn Health care teams will have seamless access to the Force Therapeutics platform via direct integration with the health system’s Epic electronic health record. Real-time status updates help clinicians monitor patient progress, enabling immediate interventions for patients who require extra education or care plan modification resulting in fewer avoidable emergency department visits and readmissions. Furthermore, workflow automation relieves care teams from burdensome repetitive tasks, reducing burnout and freeing more time for high-value patient interactions.