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Welcome to the Empowered Patient Podcast with Karen Jagoda.  This show is a window into the latest innovations in digital health and the changing dynamic between doctors and patients.

Topics on the show include

  • the emergence of precision medicine and breakthroughs in genomics
  • advances in biopharmaceuticals
  • age-related diseases and aging in place
  • using big data from wearables and sensors
  • transparency in the medical marketplace
  • challenges for connected health entrepreneurs

The audience includes researchers, medical professionals, patient advocates, entrepreneurs, patients, caregivers, solution providers, students, journalists, and investors.

Feb 6, 2023

Bronwyn Spira, CEO and Co-Founder at Force Therapeutics, allows provider groups, physical therapists, doctors, and nurses to reach out to patients no matter where they are, using virtual tools to expand access to care. Experience during the pandemic demonstrated that patients of all ages are eager to use digital means to address pain and recovery issues on their own time. Virtual orthopedic care also enables providers to be more efficient and helps to address staff shortages and burnout.

Bronwyn explains, "Physical therapy that's involved in treating orthopedic conditions is a much healthier way, and a non-opioid dependent way, of combating pain. But also the solution lies in understanding the data."

"A lot of the work that we've done has been around how our patients that are prescribed opioids are recovering differently from those who have an opioid-sparing pain protocol. Once you have that data, you can actually make a broader change to best-practice protocols. And, of course, that has an outsized impact on opioid dependence in a community."

"This can reach any patient, including patients in rural communities, patients who cannot afford their copays or their commuting costs, and even patients with mobility issues. Virtual care, when constructed in a way that's validated and delivered by the provider organization, overcomes many barriers to access to care but also provides better digital care in many cases."

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