DePuy Synthes Determinedly Integrates into Healthcare Provision

The 16th European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT) congress, held in Prague, sees DePuy Synthes introducing its eSIMS Inventory Management and Ordering Solution. The company is also touting its new Geriatric Fracture Program, which it says is a patient pathway model,designed to improve the care and outcomes of the complex challenges presented by elderly, fracture-prone patients. The two systems sit under the Advantage™ Program moniker.


The days when hospitals ordered things and companies simply supplied them, especially when it comes to big ticket, repeatedly needed inventory, are disappearing into history. Companies are recognising that if they are truly to build a barrier around their ownership of an account, then they must become integrated into the fabric of that account. To this end DePuy Synthes’ eSIMS is a modular system that may be integrated into a hospital’s IT system and configured to order inventory automatically once a predetermined level has been reached. Through the optimization and automation of stock planning, eSIMS promises to deliver enhanced theatre efficiencies by reducing administrative burden and consequently allowing healthcare professionals to spend more time on patient care.

Similarly targeted at becoming part of the healthcare provision fabric, the DePuy Synthes Geriatric Fracture Program is a patient pathway model that really goes the extra mile. The program aims to decrease complication associated with fractures in the elderly, and reduce length of hospital stay through a supported discharge system. The Geriatric Fracture Program is complemented by ongoing community support, patient education and secondary prevention techniques, such as fall prevention and bone protection advice.

So what does this “Advantage” program comprise? In a nutshell it’s all about utilisation of technology. For example, the integration of DATA Tracker iPad® Application to collect and analyze time spent on each step in orthopaedic procedures to help identify inefficient processes and improve operating room. And something called “Real Life Tested”, which provides health care professionals with access to a variety of educational materials designed for patients to enable shared decision making with joint replacement patients, manage patient expectations of surgery and provide them with an opportunity to share their experiences with other patients who are considering joint replacement.

As if that’s not enough integration for one day, the company also announced that a series of JOINT PROGRESS® Visitation Centers will begin in the Summer of 2015, in collaboration with Dr. Claus Munk Jensen of the Herley Gentofte Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark. JOINT PROGRESS is an integrated patient engagement and management program that may enable earlier discharge from hospital and faster recovery for patients undergoing treatment by supporting the patient throughout the care pathway. JOINT PROGRESS Visitation Centers will demonstrate the enhanced connectivity between the hospital team and the patients scheduled for Total Hip Arthroplasty or Total Knee Arthroplasty operations.

Company comments

“We are delighted to be adding new solutions to our already established DEPUY SYNTHES ADVANTAGE Programs,” said Paul Kurring, Director DePuy Synthes Advantage Programs, EMEA.

“Both eSIMS and the Geriatric Fracture Program demonstrate how we can help our customers achieve more by reducing their operating costs while improving clinical outcomes and enhancing the patient experience.”


Source: DePuy Synthes, a trading division of Synthes GmbH

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