For patients undergoing knee reconstruction surgery at the Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, aTouchAway was installed on a mobile tablet and provided to patients before their surgery.
Utilizing the information-sharing component of the app, patients were provided with a walk-through of the aTouchAway platform and detailed documents on what to expect both before and after their surgery.
Postoperatively, patients were discharged from the hospital the same day with an implementation of a custom workflow designed to help gauge and manage pain and nausea medications.
The Workflow, developed in consultation with the surgeon, presents a basic pain rating scale at specific intervals in the patient’s recovery timeline.
Depending on the response from the patient, different pathways are identified for them – including instructions for medications (prescription and / or over the counter) use and dosages, or triggering notification to their post-operative nursing team.
By utilizing the aTouchAway platform, patients felt more in control of the care. They also reported feeling less anxious – not only about the procedure itself, but also with what they could expect upon returning home and their ability to deal with potential complications.