Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy to incorporate wearable tech into total knee replacements in Australia and New Zealand

360 Knee Systems’s digital platform will be offered with DePuy’s Attune knee replacement system in Australia and New Zealand. (Pixabay)

Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Synthes is linking up with 360 Knee Systems, an Australian developer of digital solutions for personalizing total knee replacements, including the construction of 3D models for virtual surgery planning, wearable devices and mapping patients’ kinetic movement.

In addition, 360 Knee Systems’s software can provide rehabilitation, exercise plans and patient monitoring following the procedure, as well as telemedicine support.

Under the license agreement, the platform will be made available with DePuy’s Attune knee replacement system in Australia and New Zealand. Financial details were not disclosed.

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“Our agreement represents an exciting opportunity to provide an end-to-end digital solutions and surgical platform that brings the individual needs of patients right into the heart of decision making for their total knee replacement,” Sue Martin, Johnson & Johnson’s managing director of medical devices companies in Australia and New Zealand, said in a statement.

“We are excited about how digital health will help us redefine success in surgery and improve outcomes in addition to our products and other solutions,” Martin added. To date, the companies’ Attune system has been used in more than 650,000 knee replacements in 44 countries, according to Johnson & Johnson.

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“Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices has a proven track record in developing meaningful innovation, and we are excited to be investing locally with 360 KNEE SYSTEMS,” said Tim Czartoski, DePuy Synthes’ president of global joint reconstruction.

“We are building a digital ecosystem where technologies are connected before, during and after surgery in line with our aim to improve outcomes for patients as well as increase their overall satisfaction with their healthcare experience.”